Bloomsbury's Outsider: A Life of David Garnett by Sarah Knights

By Sarah Knights

Shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for top biography 2016
Book of the 12 months 2015 Sunday Times
Book of the yr 2015
Times Literary Supplement
Book of the 12 months 2015 Evening Standard

Book of the 12 months 2015 New Zealand Listener
Shortlisted for the marginally Foxed most sensible First Biography Prize 2015

Literary Sensation, Lover, Libertine, relations Man

Award-winning novelist and towering determine of the 20 th century British literary panorama, David Garnett was once a Bloomsbury insider eventually driven to the margins. during this, the 1st biography of Garnett, (known as Bunny), writer Sarah Knights – who has had exceptional entry to Garnett's papers – is going past stereotype and fantasy to offer a transparent sighted account of this frequently contradictory determine.

Trained as a scientist, Garnett labored as a novelist and wrote beautiful prose. Lady into Fox was once made right into a Rambert ballet and elements of Love into an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. within the First global warfare, he was once a conscientious objector while within the moment he labored for British intelligence. A loose love fanatic, he however married. He loathed literary feedback yet grew to become a number one literary critic.

Born into the Victorian interval, Garnett's existence spanned international Wars, the Swinging Sixties and past. From pre-Revolutionary Russia, when it comes to Indian Nationalists in London and carefree Neo-Paganism, Garnett's adolescence used to be jam-packed with experience. Propelled through a wish to be consistently in love, he dazzled women and men, believing the individual mattered, regardless of gender. An in a single day literary sensation within the Nineteen Twenties he was once on the centre of literary London. Confidante and mentor of many writers, T. E. Lawrence, Rupert Brooke, D. H. Lawrence, Joseph Conrad and H. G. Wells, have been between his neighbors. Garnett felt so much at domestic with the Bloomsbury team, particularly with Vanessa Bell and Duncan supply, his lover, with whom he lived throughout the First international conflict. Their lengthy friendship was once threatened, in spite of the fact that, whilst Garnett's cradle-side prophecy to marry their daughter Angelica got here true.

David 'Bunny' Garnett is dropped at lifestyles through Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Jack Davenport within the BBC sequence 'Life in Squares'.

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