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Ottoline: The Life of Lady Ottoline Morrell

by Sandra Jobson Darroch

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If you like gossip, you will love this book! Lady Ottoline Morrell was a kind of spiritual den mother to some fascinating people. Being married to a Member of Parliament was insufficient to satisfy her hunger for intellectual and emotional stimulation. Her salons in London, and later at her estate near Oxford, attracted a potpourri of outrageous characters, ranging from politicians like Prime Minister Asquith, Winston Churchill, and Ramsay MacDonald to Bohemian artists like Augustus John. Her friends and guests included D. H. Lawrence, Siegfried Sassoon, John Singer Sargent, E. M. Forster, Nijinsky and Diaghilev, John Maynard Keynes, Arnold Bennett, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, William Butler Yeats, T. S. Eliot, Graham Greene, even Charley Chaplin.

Biographer Lytton Strachey was a regular, as were Virginia Woolf, Aldous Huxley, and Bertrand Russell. Just about anybody who was anybody in the arts was invited to drop by on Thursdays for tea. She knew them all. She had affairs with some of them, made matches for some, and showed up in the novels of a few. It makes for a fascinating read. ( )
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