A Boy at the Hogarth Press

A Boy at the Hogarth Press After a rather unsuccessful education at Marlborough College in sixteen year old Richard Kennedy was put firmly under the wing of Leonard Woolf as his new protegee at the Woolfs printing press R

  • Title: A Boy at the Hogarth Press
  • Author: RichardKennedy
  • ISBN: 9780140048629
  • Page: 189
  • Format: Paperback
  • After a rather unsuccessful education at Marlborough College, in 1926 sixteen year old Richard Kennedy was put firmly under the wing of Leonard Woolf as his new protegee at the Woolfs printing press Responsible for making tea, packing boxes and a host of other menial tasks, Kennedy observed unnoticed the social milieu of the sophisticated Bloomsbury set as it revolved arAfter a rather unsuccessful education at Marlborough College, in 1926 sixteen year old Richard Kennedy was put firmly under the wing of Leonard Woolf as his new protegee at the Woolfs printing press Responsible for making tea, packing boxes and a host of other menial tasks, Kennedy observed unnoticed the social milieu of the sophisticated Bloomsbury set as it revolved around the Hogarth Press Some forty years later, and by then a professional illustrator, he put pen to paper, recalling his time with Virginia and Leonard Woolf in candid and often hilarious detail He tells of the success that Virginia enjoyed There is much talk of Mrs W s new book Orlando and plenty of tension , of their chaotic office with its collapsing shelves, rats and arguments over toilet paper, and of his own often hapless attempts to keep pace with the literary giants around him Illustrated throughout with Kennedy s own sketches, this is a delightful work that offers a unique peep into the Bloomsbury set.

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    1. A short but sweet book of recollections by Richard Kennedy, the teenage boy employed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press in the late 1920s, a post he would remain in for the next five years, until they eventually parted ways after Leonard decided that the occasionally scatter-brained Kennedy had made one mistake too many. His memories are a joy to read, the hand-drawn illustrations even more so. Recommended.

    2. En pärla från The Open Book i Richmond (tidigare delvis startad och ägd av Pete Townshend, då The Magic Bus). I lördags var det Small Business Saturday i UK och #boblmaf klev in.Som 16-åring hade Richard Kennedy trubbel med skolan. Via kontakter fick han jobb på Hogarth Press 1928 och flera decennier senare skrev densamme denna dagboksliknande redogörelse från tiden vid Tavistock Square. Små glimtar från livet hos "Mr och Mrs W" på det lilla, fast expanderande förlaget, "Orlando is [...]

    3. How do I describe this little book? It's like a diary - but doesn't consist of daily entries. The author worked at the Hogarth Press for two years. The book is exactly 100 pages. The entries run from a paragraph to two pages. It's a rather frivolous little book with amusing anecdotes and humorous asides, and not a full bodied memoir of life at the Hogarth. Still, I didn't want it to end. It transported me to another place and time - and I wanted to stay there.

    4. A very easy and charming read with lovely illustrations by the author throughout. Read in an afternoon - I wish it had been longer!

    5. A delightful recounting in prose and line drawings of the author/illustrator's 4 years working as an office boy at Leonard and Virginia Woolf's Hogarth press. "She [Virginia Woolf] started talking about the Hogarth Press in a way that I think didn't please LW [Leonard Woolf] very much, saying it was like keeping a grocer's shop. I think she is rather cruel in spite of the kind rather dreamy way she looks at you. She described Mrs Cartright as having the step of an elephant and the ferocity of a [...]

    6. Probabilmente la cosa più interessante di questo libro sono le illustrazioni, che più delle parole riescono a rendere vivide le sensazioni e l'ambiente di Bloomsbury. Per il resto, purtroppo, Virginia in questo libro è qualcosa che resta sullo sfondo, come una piccola divinità da ammirare solo da lontano.

    7. A totally charming short (96 pp) sketch in words and pictures of the author's few years as a young man at Virginia and Leonard Woolf's Hogarth Press. Per the flap copy,it "offers a unique peep into the Bloomsbury set."

    8. This was given to me as a gift, by someone who knows I love Virginia Woolf, so I appreciate that, but I didn't do much for me. It had some funny anecdotes involving LW and VW, but otherwise ho-hum, and the author's sketches gave me a headache.

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