Portrait of a Friendship: Drawn from New Letters of James Russell Lowell to Sybella Lady Lyttelton, 1881-1891 (Alethea Hayter)

Portrait of a Friendship: Drawn from New Letters of James Russell Lowell to Sybella Lady Lyttelton, 1881-1891 (Alethea Hayter) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my History section. priced at just £4.00!

Salisbury: Michael Russell , 1990, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; References;

From the cover: His contemporaries considered him as good a poet as Browning, as important a critic as Matthew Arnold; his friend Henry James described him as the pet of duchesses, the darling of London society; Gladstone consulted him about the Irish question; Queen Victoria declared he was the most popular foreign envoy of her reign; the four-year-old Virginia Woolf said he was her favourite grown-up. Yet today, just a century after his death, the magnetic, ebullient and yet enigmatic personality of the American author James Russell Lowell is little remembered. In this portrait of Lowells later years, based on unpublished letters to his friend Lady Lyttelton, Alethea Hayter suggests a reinstatement of Lowell in the starry role which he played in the late nineteenth-century scene, in England and America. He is seen in his public capacity, as American Minister in London, as a renowned writer and public speaker, and as a much-sought-after guest in the houses of the great. He is also revealed in his rather equivocal private role of an affectionate but uncomprehending husband to an invalid wife who struggled to play her part, but periodically relapsed into violent mental alienation. In both his public and private life, Lady Lyttelton was his trusted confidante and ally, while his initial Anglophobia changed to a warm friendship for England and the English.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.

Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XV] 267 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

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