Letters of Conrad Russell 1897-1947 by Conrad Russell

Letters of Conrad Russell 1897-1947 by Conrad Russell soon to be presented for sale on the marvellous BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: John Murray, 1987, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: In Diana Coopers autobiography, one of the major pleasures was her correspondence with her beloved Conrad Russell. All who fell under his spell there can look forward to learning more of their chaste but moving relationship which lasted from 1933 until his death in 1947, and also about the ingredients that went to make what Evelyn Waugh called, One of the most exquisitely entertaining men I have known.

Conrad had many advantages: born a Russell (his uncle was ninth Duke of Bedford), his mother was French; he never went to school yet was at Balliol with the brilliant circle revolving round Raymond Asquith who became his best friend. He himself was not brilliant but shared their attractiveness and independence of view, qualities which shine through his correspondence. He worked first in the Colonial Office and then on Wall Street in New York. His letters from there and from the Western Front during the First World War are high points in the early part of the book.

He called himself radically classical, unromantic and matter-of-fact but this did not prevent him from losing his heart, or parts of it, to beautiful women like Venetia Stanley and Katharine Asquith. As to the mind, he was (as befitted a cousin of Bertrand Russell) an avid amateur philosopher with a passionate interest in theology accompanied by no religious sense at all. This made him an ideal observer of the Catholic group that gathered round Katharine Asquith at Mells in Somerset, when he went to farm there in 1927. Ronald Knox, Hilaire Belloc, Maurice Baring, Evelyn Waugh and Christopher Hollis are all subjected to his wondering gaze.

When Diana Cooper died, The Times obituarist referred to Conrad as that most endearing of Somerset farmers. We are allowed a very good idea of how he earned such a title.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 278 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I persuade you to have a look at more books within my Biography catalogue?

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