We ALL know the phrase “There’s an APP for that…”, but my favorite phrase is “I have a BOOK about that!”
Stayed tuned for further links – not sure yet whether via blog (“print”) or YouTube or both – in which TV shows and Films make me trot upstairs to unshelf some long-forgotten treasures.
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The FLICK: Secrets of ALTHORP
After viewing Secrets of the Manor House: Althorp – The Spencers, I felt compelled to pull off the library shelves several books that touched on the estate. Have to confess that there are others, but I’ll mention just the two that I spent some time with.
Written by the current Earl Spencer, though published in 1999, Althorp: The Story of an English House uses several generations of Spencers to talk about the family history as well as showcase images of the interiors.
Ophelia Field’s Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough: The Queen’s Favourite is one of several biographies; I can’t even say it is one of the newest (check out amazon to take a head-count yourself; there’s even a novelization of her life), or that it is the only biography of the Duke and Duchess that I own. It makes this list because of the lengthy discussion of her Spencer grandchildren. Another choice for biography must passingly nod to the Winston Churchill volumes about the Duke.
Note the cover – then watch the TV program and keep an eye our for a glimpse at Althorp’s portrait.
The FLICK: The Barretts of Wimpole Street
It wasn’t long ago that I watched this film on YouTube. I was quite taken with the performance of its *star*, Norma Shearer.
Okay, so she doesn’t look deathly ill, but the freshness, energy, and passion brought to the claustrophobic life of the blossoming Miss Barrett is utterly outstanding.
I start with the letters, which exist in several editions. I have an old copy of Daniel Karlin’s The Courtship Correspondence, but I remember not buying an expensive copy of the more “official” reprinting of the letters.
Of course, the poetry of the husband and wife are probably the most intimate words a reader and writer can share. Yet, I’d plump – if not for their letters, for a biography of Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
I’ve taken Margaret Forster’s 1989 biography out of the library.