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Sydney and Violet

Sydney and Violet by Stephen Klaidman
Jun 09, 2015 | 288 Pages
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“Fascinating. . . . A satisfying read, which sheds a useful and interesting insight on modernist circles. . . . Well-paced and full of interesting details and anecdotes.” —The Huffington Post

“A fast-moving, anecdote-rich book. . . . If you enjoyed Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with Amber Eyes or Ben Downing’s Queen Bee of Tuscany and are wondering what to read next, you might try Sydney and Violet. . . . Informative and entertaining.”  —The Washington Post
“[Klaidman] has done us a service by rescuing Sydney and Violet Schiff from the obscurity to which the passage of the years has consigned them. . . . Anyone interested in the London literary world of the first half of the 20th century will find much to enjoy.” —The Wall Street Journal

“To read about their adventures is to be transported back to the magical and mythical early years of Modernism and to appreciate the role this incredible pair played in bringing it about. . . . Klaidman has finally given the Schiffs their just due.”  —Deirdre Bair, National Book Award-winning author of Samuel Beckett
“[Readers can] rejoice in meeting two fascinating people who lived at the center of the major cultural movements of the early twentieth century.” —Mary Gordon, author of Final Payments

A delightful way of discovering the rivalries and excesses, the nastiness and the brilliance of the early-twentieth-century English literary world. . . . Very entertaining.” Anka Muhlstein, author of Monsieur Proust’s Library

“Klaidman makes clear the importance of this engaging couple.” —The Buffalo News

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