Text à February HouseThe Story of W H Auden Carson McCullers Jane and Paul Bowles Benjamin Britten and Gypsy Rose Lee Under One Roof in Brooklyn × Sherill Tippins
SHardcover Editi A fascinating look at a group of very creative people who lived together in some harmony and much discord between 1939 1941 very well written
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February HouseThe Story of W H Auden Carson McCullers Jane and Paul Bowles Benjamin Britten and Gypsy Rose Lee Under One Roof in BrooklynFebruary House b 45 rounded upIf time travel were possible I would send myself back to 1940 41 to spend just one evening at 7 Middagh Street Brooklyn As that option is currently impossible stepping into the pages of Sherrill Tippins’ February House offers the next best thing And what a treat it is The rundown house was the talk of New York Artists musicians and authors clad for an invitation and there was a long list of those looking for a chance at occupancy It was the most exciting literary salon of the time the ’epicenter of European American culture’ The inhabitants consisted of a group of young artists under the age of thirty four most still in their twenties who had shot to early fame WH Auden Carson McCullers Benjamin Britten and his lover Peter Pears Jane and Paul Bowles the famous burlesue star Gypsy Rose Lee and others Even a chimpanzee lived there for a short period ‘February House’ as it was coined by Anais Nin was George Davis’ dream an experiment in communal living of sharing ideas with the hope of fostering productive artistry Although the drinking and partying led to loud long nights not always conducive to work McCullers while living there off and on due to her health worked on her last two masterpieces The Ballad of the Sad Café and The Member of the Wedding Gypsy Rose Lee started writing her mystery The G String Murders and Auden did some of his best work Many notable people passed in and out of the house as guests – Christopher Isherwood Janet Flanner Klaus and Erika Mann Salvador Dali and his intimidating wife Gala the list goes on Tippins does an admirable job in juggling her prodigious cast of characters portraying these larger than life artists while working within the constraints of a small slice of history She avoids sacrificing the individual under these limitations capturing their uniue personalities and bringing them to life She manages to portray a motley mix of eccentrics with respect and sympathy while providing some fabulous unforgettable ‘gossipy’ anecdotes along the way She also offers a look at the tensions that arose as Europe fought the Nazis it was the year before the United States entered WWII and how they impacted Auden Isherwood and Britton who faced criticism for not returning to England to fightTippins’ book is serious thoughtful well researched and the most fun I’ve had with a piece of nonfiction in recent years even if I felt it fizzled out a bit at the end Admittedly my pleasure springs from the fact that several of the artists are beloved and have fascinated me for years ‘February House’ 7 Middagh Street was demolished in 1945 but it will not be easily forgotten It even inspired a short run musical of the same name in 2012 If time travel is ever available in my lifetime book my ticket
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February HouseThe Story of W H Auden Carson McCullers Jane and Paul Bowles Benjamin Britten and Gypsy Rose Lee Under One Roof in Brooklyn Doc Þ 540 pages ð Gwairsoft ✓ [Download] ➾ February HouseTY Sherill Tippin This book has served to inspire several people I know to change their lives It has inspired me to uit my job goal not yet accomplished JC to throw a dinner party and Steev to wear violet gloves Who knows what it will do for you?