Garsington Revisited

The Legend of Lady Ottoline Morrell Brought Up-to-Date

by Sandra J. Darroch

Published by: John Libbey Publishing

456 Pages, 6.12 x 9.00 in, 56 b&w illus.

  • Paperback
  • 9780861967377
  • Published: June 2017


  • eBook
  • 9780861969418
  • Published: June 2017


Lady Ottoline Morrell was the foremost host of the Bloomsbury set, offering sustenance and friendship to Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, TS Eliot, DH Lawrence, Duncan Grant and her lover Bertrand Russell, to name but a few. This book is a revised and updated edition of the author's original biography of Ottoline first published in 1975 worldwide. It has been updated, with vignettes about her sources, including lunch at ?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" / Charleston with Duncan Grant, and a ship's tumbler of sherry with David Garnett as a prelude to discussing "skeletons in Ottoline's cupboard"). Her sources in Texas where she read more than 8,000 letters to Ottoline including 2,500 letters from Bertrand Russell, can now be located in new footnotes. Darroch remains as impressed as ever by Ottoline's courage and determination to forgo the comfortable life of an aristocrat to mix with – and champion – some of the 20th century's leading artists and writers. The definitive biography.