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Sitwell, Pound Wise.

Sitwell, Osbert. Pound Wise. First Edition. London, Hutchinson, 1963. 21.5cm x 14.8cm. 319 (1) pages. Frontispiece portrait of James Fosburg. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket in protective Mylar. Unusually excellent, near Fine condition with only minor signs of external wear.

This superb collection of essays bears the strong stamp of Sitwell's own character and outlook, as well as that of his genius. They are extremely idiosyncratic, elegant and eloquent; graceful and angry; sometimes prophetic; always generous-hearted, courageous, intensely civilized. The themes are many and various; among them London, public and private schools, the belittlement of the great, games, Peking, train travel, dogs...Osbert Sitwell's temperament is a combination of urbane tolerance and outraged aesthetic sensitivity; he has a proud, resolute faith in art and the artist, which his experience has battered but has not broken. He castigates stupidity and philistinism as major sins; but donnish or bureaucratic cleverness, divorced from right feeling, offends him just as much. 'Pound Wise' reflects many facets of a complex and subtle personality. The first-rate journalist within the radical aristocrat makes this book a readable as it is civilized. Sir Osbert himself has selected these essays, mostly from papers and books long unobtainable.

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Sitwell-Pound Wise

Sitwell-Pound Wise


Sitwell-Pound Wise

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