A Favourite of the Gods (Virago Modern Classics)

Sybille Bedford Peter Vansittart May 27, 2020

A Favourite of the Gods (Virago Modern Classics) Sybille Bedford Peter Vansittart Vibrant with an awareness of people and their manners and the countries that shape them Sylvia Brownrigg Henry James s theme of the New World na ve, upright, puritanical confronting the Old steeped in sophisticated and unscrupulous charm is here explored by a novelist who has witnessed two world wars Her protagonist is Constanza, a beautiful Italian American pagan Vibrant with an awareness of people and their manners and the countries that shape them Sylvia Brownrigg Henry James s theme of the New World na ve, upright, puritanical confronting the Old steeped in sophisticated and unscrupulous charm is here explored by a novelist who has witnessed two world wars Her protagonist is Constanza, a beautiful Italian American pagan born to privilege and happiness a seeming favourite of the gods But in the years of her maturity she becomes aware of what she lacks a purpose and a part Who am I, she asks, and what is it I can do This, writes Bedford, is not a poor little rich girl s plaint It is the quest that lurks within every human creature fortunate to lift its head above the daily grind Bedford s genius is for writing about people Her excellence is immortal, her career one of great distinction in literature Peter Levi.Author Biography Sybille Bedford was born in 1911, in Charlottenburg, Germany, and was brought up in Italy, England, and France Every reader knows her name, wrote Jan Morris, but few, I suspect, realize the range of her gifts novelist, biographer, travel writer, analyst of the law, celebrant of food, and mistress of an altogether inimitable prose A vice president of English PEN and one of Britain s nine Companions of Literature, Mrs Bedford lives in London and is currently at work on a memoir.

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