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Clive Bell


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Clive Bell : autobiographical essay

6 March 1920: 'On Thursday, dine with the MacCarthys, & the first Memoir Club meeting [hosted by MacCarthys]. A highly interesting occasion. Seven people read -- & Lord knows what I didnt read into their reading. Sydney [Waterlow] [...] signified as much by reading us a dream [...] altogether a queer, self-conscious, self analytic performance [...] Clive purely objective; Nessa starting matter of fact: then overcome by the emotional depths to be traversed; & unable to read aloud what she had written. Duncan fantastic & tongue -- not tied -- tongue enchanted. Molly literary about tendencies & William Morris, carefully composed at first, & even formal: suddenly saying "Oh this is absurd -- I can't go on" shuffling all her sheets; beginning on the wrong page; firmly but waveringly, & carrying through to the end [...] Roger well composed; story of a coachman who stole geraniums & went to prison.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Clive Bell      Manuscript: Unknown


John Dryden : unknown

Monday 6 August 1923: 'We went over to Charleston yesterday [...] Clive was sitting in the drawing room window reading Dryden.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Clive Bell      Print: Book


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