First published in 1932, this is the story of eighteenth century Bath, where Beau Nash ruled as uncrowned king for so many years,...
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First published in 1932, this is the story of eighteenth century Bath, where Beau Nash ruled as uncrowned king for so many years, the fashionable members of English society found a splendid justification for improving their health and enjoying themselves at the same time. They took the waters assiduously, gambled excessively, and danced away the evenings at cotillion balls.
This book, written with all the skill and visionary commitment of an established poet, recreates the atmosphere of Bath's famous century superbly, and faithfully mirrors several of the well-known personalities who graced the period with their wit, their talent and their eccentricity.
"Vivid and invigorating." -The New York Times
Edith Sitwell was born in 1887 into an aristocratic family and, along with her brothers, Osbert and Sacheverell, had a significant impact on the artistic life of the 20s. She encountered the work of the French symbolists, Rimbaud in particular, early in her writing life and became a champion of the modernist movement, editing six editions of the controversial magazine Wheels. She remained a crusading force against philistinism and conservatism throughout her life and her legacy lies as much in her unstinting support of other artists as it does in her own poetry. Sitwell died in 1964.
I The Arrival of Beau Nash II The Rise to Fortune III The Rules of Bath IV The Ghosts of a hong Summer Day V The Balls at Bath VI The Games of Hazard VII The Religious Revival in Bath VIII Splendours and Miseries IX The Old Age of Beau Nash X Ralph Allen and Prior Park XI Fashionable Intelligence XII Society in Bath XIII The Theatre in Bush XIV Some Men of War XV The Stables and Pavilions of Prior Park XVI Some Men of War XVII The Bath Address-Book