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I Live Under a Black Sunby Edith Louisa Sitwell
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Dame Edith Sitwell, wit, notorious eccentric, and poet, is not normally thought of as a novelist, but her only novel is a true forgotten classic. Garlanded with extravagant praise on its release, it was reprinted several times but fell into neglect and has now been out of print for almost 50 years. Although it takes its inspiration from the life, writings, and correspondence of the great Irish satirist Jonathan Swift, I Live Under a Black Sun is set during and after World War I. The novel follows Jonathan Hare, writer and misogynist, a character very much based on Swift, through his tragic relationships with two women who are likewise based on real people in Swift's life. Luxurious, angular, poetic, and sprinkled with allusions to Swift's most famous works and correspondence, I Live Under a Black Sun is a work that will surely entrance a whole new generation of readers. Highlighting a forgotten classic that has been out of print for nearly half a century, this is a fictionalized biography of Jonathan Swift and his tragic relationships with "Stella" and "Vanessa," updated to a time during and after World War I. Luxurious, angular, and poetic, it is a story unlike any other.
Garlanded with extravagant praise on its release, it was reprinted several time (Doubleday 1938) but fell into neglect and has now been out of print for almost fifty years. The novel is a fictionalized biography of Jonathan Swift and his tragic relationships with 'Stella' and 'Vanessa.' updated to a time during and after the First World War. Luxurious, angular and poetic, it is a novel unlike any other. 2004 is the fortieth anniversary of Sitwell's death and a perfect time to rediscover this unique work.
Dame Edith Sitwell, wit, notorious eccentric and poet, is not normally thought of as a novelist. But her only novel, 'I Live Under a Black Sun', is a forgotten classic.
About the Author
Edith Sitwell was a poet, wit, and notorious eccentric. With her brothers Sachaverell and Osbert she was also a member of one of the most famous literary families of the 20th century. Her work includes Façade (set to music by William Walton) and Fanfare for Elizabeth.
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