Teenage Jewish girl in Second World War Liverpool.] Autograph Diaries of Froma Sonabend, an extraordinarily precocious and articulate girl, detailing her progress from school to war work in London. With a quantity of related material (letters, etc).

Froma Sonabend (1925-1999; born Fruma Fona Sonabend) [a Jewish childhood in Second World War Liverpool]

Editorial: Dating from between 1 January and 29 October 1945 lacking 1944. From the family home at 5 Sefton Park Rd Liverpool 8 1940-1943; and from Hammersmith London 1945, 1940
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Dating from between 1 January 1940 and 29 October 1945 (lacking 1944). From the family home at 5 Sefton Park Rd, Liverpool 8, 1940-1943; and from Hammersmith, London, 1945. A remarkable and vivid portrait of the development of an artistic and intelligent, strong-willed, passionate, and obsessive girl (hereafter FS), progressive in her outlook, and possessed of a remarkable capacity for self-analysis; unhappy both at home and at school; whose yearning to be loved leads her to crushes on several adults; all set against a backdrop of wartime Liverpool. Written while the author is between the ages of 14 and 20, with the family home at 5 Sefton Park Rd, Liverpool 8. FS goes to Aigburth Vale High School for Girls, Liverpool 17, whose loathed headmistress is Miss E. M. Curry. She is a talented pianist and artist, a voracious reader (in 1942 alone her reading includes Bertrand Russell's 'Let the People Think', 'a fine Anthology called "The Knapsack" compiled by Herbert Read', Freud's 'Psychology of Everyday Life'; Spencer's 'First Principles', and 'Selections from Voltaire'), and a self-declared atheist and anarcho-syndicalist internationalist. She attends Young Communist and Zionist meetings (while holding a sceptical attitude towards both movements), listens to Elgar, Beethoven and Mendelson, and plays Bach and Chopin (for whom, in 1942, she is 'cultivating a hungry taste'), and goes to see Ibsen plays in London with 'B.I.B.', a woman for whom she has a particular crush. In London she hears Aneurin Bevin, C. E. M. Joad and H. G. Wells speak, sees Churchill and General Alexander, and takes part in the VE and VJ Day celebrations, while serving on a switchboard in Olympia as a private in the ATS. Her other reading includes the Statesman and Tribune newspapers, Aldous Huxley, T. S. Eliot, Sassoon's 'Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man', and Virginia Woolf (whose 'A Room of One's Own' gives her 'an itch to write a book & so much so that I wrote some notes on the same'). Curiously for such a remarkable character, the later life of the author is a mystery, with nothing known other than that she died in London in 1999. The collection is in good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Of the 6 vols of diaries, vols. 3 and 4 are uniform, as are vols. 5 and 6. Totalling 677pp., as follows: Vol. 1: 1940. 'Boots Scribbling Diary'. 139pp., crown 8vo (including 35pp. on pink blotter paper). Vol. 2: 1941. 'Charles Letts's Office Desk Diary'. 193pp., 8vo. Vol. 3: 1942. (31 December 1941 to 19 January 1943.) 'The Viking Navigation Book' by Philip, Son & Nephew, Ltd., Liverpool. 91pp., 4to. Vol. 4: 1943 (12 January to 30 December.) 'The Viking Navigation Book' as Vol. 3. 87pp., 4to. Vol. 5: 17 February to 23 June 1945. Notebooks with grey paper boards and red cloth spine. 74pp., 8vo. Vol. 6: 24 June to 29 October 1945. Notebook, as Vol.5. 93pp., 8vo. The volume for 1944 is lacking (possible explanation given below). The diaries are accompanied by a quantity of papers: incoming correspondence (including many letters from her cousin Benson Russell); school reports; original drawings (mostly portraits, and evincing some talent) and poems; theatre programmes; newspaper cuttings; and a 'Highly Commended' certificate for FS ('Age 15 years') from the War Savings Campaign, National Poster Competition for Schools 1941; a photograph of 'Pte Froma Sonabend | Leave at Liverpool | April 1945'. The six volumes are more journals than diaries, with FS often dissecting recent events in an energetic and entertaining style, and in characteristically obsessive fashion. FULL DESCRIPTION ON APPLICATION. N° de ref. de la librería

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Título: Teenage Jewish girl in Second World War ...
Editorial: Dating from between 1 January and 29 October 1945 lacking 1944. From the family home at 5 Sefton Park Rd Liverpool 8 1940-1943; and from Hammersmith London 1945
Año de publicación: 1940

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