The Angel of Charleston: Grace Higgens, Housekeeper to the Bloomsbury Group

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9780712358675: The Angel of Charleston: Grace Higgens, Housekeeper to the Bloomsbury Group

Grace Higgens (1903–83) arrived at the Gordon Square house of Vanessa Bell—a member of the Bloomsbury Group and the sister of Virginia Woolf—in June 1920. Higgens remained with the family for fifty years as housemaid, nurse, cook, and, finally, housekeeper at Charleston, the country house in Sussex where the Bell family spent their holidays during the interwar period and later lived permanently until the 1970s.           This book, the first to focus on the life of Higgens, is based on her diaries and correspondence. Dubbed the "Angel of Charleston” by Vanessa’s son Quentin, Grace was high-spirited with a robust sense of fun; she read all she could and often sat for her painter employers, who much admired her looks. Her numerous diaries recount her years in Gordon Square, Charleston, and the south of France, painting a vivid—and intimate—picture of life with the Bells and the Bloomsbury Group. With great humor, Higgens describes the various denizens of Charleston, such as Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, E. M. Forster, and, of course, Virginia Woolf. There are moving entries about the death of Vanessa Bell in 1961 as well as Higgens’s final years at Charleston looking after the elderly Duncan Grant.                   The Angel of Charleston describes a little-known side of the Bloomsbury world and illuminates a lost era.

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Stewart MacKay is a writer, archivist, and cultural historian.

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MacKay, Stewart.
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ISBN 10: 0712358676 ISBN 13: 9780712358675
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Descripción British Library. 1 Cloth(s), 2013. hard. Estado de conservación: New. While Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group rewrote the rules of art and literature, who was handling the household day to day? Arriving at the Gordon Square home of Woolf's sister Vanessa Bell in June 1920, Grace Higgens (1903–83) remained with the family for 50 years as housemaid, nurse, cook, and, finally, housekeeper at Charleston, the country house in Sussex where the Bell family spent their holidays during the interwar period and later lived permanently until the 1970s. Based on Higgens's diaries and correspondence—and with 32 black and photos that even many Bloomsbury aficionados may not have seen—this book brings to light the pivotal role played by a cherished woman who served as maid and model, yet has received scant mention in biographies of this illustrious family. One of the true pleasures of this book are Higgens's unique perspectives on such figures as Roger Fry, John Maynard Keynes, Clive Bell, and Duncan Grant. 154. Nº de ref. de la librería 73278

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Descripción The British Library Publishing Division, United Kingdom, 2014. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Grace Higgens (1903-1983), described by Duncan Grant as the angel of Charleston , arrived at the Gordon Square house of Vanessa Bell in June 1920. She was to remain with the family for fifty years as housemaid, nurse, cook and finally housekeeper at Charleston, the country house in Sussex where the Bell family spent their holidays during the interwar period and then lived permanently until the 1970s. This book tells Grace s story for the first time and is based on her diaries and correspondence. Grace was high-spirited with a robust sense of fun; she read all she could and often sat for her painter employers, who much admired her looks. Her numerous diaries recount her years in Gordon Square, Charleston and the South of France and their vivid picture of life with the Bells and their friends complement what we know of the above stairs world of the Bloomsbury set. With great humour, Grace describes the varied denizens of Charleston, such as Duncan Grant, Lydia Lopokova, Roger Fry, E. M. Forster and, of course, Virginia Woolf: I met Mr and Mrs Leonard Woolf, riding on their bicycles to Charleston. They looked absolute freaks. There are moving entries about the death of Vanessa Bell in 1961, and of Grace s final years at Charleston looking after the elderly Duncan Grant. This charming book describes a little-known side of the Bloomsbury world and illuminates a lost era of domestic service. Nº de ref. de la librería AAR9780712358675

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Descripción The British Library Publishing Division, United Kingdom, 2014. Hardback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Grace Higgens (1903-1983), described by Duncan Grant as the angel of Charleston , arrived at the Gordon Square house of Vanessa Bell in June 1920. She was to remain with the family for fifty years as housemaid, nurse, cook and finally housekeeper at Charleston, the country house in Sussex where the Bell family spent their holidays during the interwar period and then lived permanently until the 1970s. This book tells Grace s story for the first time and is based on her diaries and correspondence. Grace was high-spirited with a robust sense of fun; she read all she could and often sat for her painter employers, who much admired her looks. Her numerous diaries recount her years in Gordon Square, Charleston and the South of France and their vivid picture of life with the Bells and their friends complement what we know of the above stairs world of the Bloomsbury set. With great humour, Grace describes the varied denizens of Charleston, such as Duncan Grant, Lydia Lopokova, Roger Fry, E. M. Forster and, of course, Virginia Woolf: I met Mr and Mrs Leonard Woolf, riding on their bicycles to Charleston. They looked absolute freaks. There are moving entries about the death of Vanessa Bell in 1961, and of Grace s final years at Charleston looking after the elderly Duncan Grant. This charming book describes a little-known side of the Bloomsbury world and illuminates a lost era of domestic service. Nº de ref. de la librería AAR9780712358675

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Descripción British Library. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. 0712358676 *BRAND NEW* Ships Same Day or Next!. Nº de ref. de la librería NATARAJB1FI859593

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Descripción British Library, London, 2013. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. Uninscribed, no wear. Nº de ref. de la librería 2943

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Descripción British Library Board, 2014. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 1st edition. 160 pages. 8.50x5.75x1.00 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería __0712358676

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