copyright 1960; "An extraordinarily vivid picture of literary life in London during the war years"; Reynal & Company publishers, New York; "printed in Great Britain"; hardbound; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket good with minor edge wear; 326 pages.
This is the second volume of John Lehmann's memoirs.
In this book which describes the literary world as it revolved around him during the war, he shows how the creative imagination was affected by the events. Here you find vivid pictures of the older generation - T.S. Eliot, Virginia and Leonard Woolf, Desmond McCarthy and E.M. Forster. He shows how his contemporaries Auden, Isherwood, Spender, Orwell, Koestler, Cyril Connolly and many others adjusted their careers during this period... Here too one sees London under seige, with its sleepless nights, its sky studded with silver ballons and criss-crossed with searchlights, and its smoking gap in every street...glimpses of the literary life that continued to exist in London in spite of all the hazards of war.