Rebecca West (1892-1983)

“Rebecca West wrote from Ibstone House, thanking Kaye for the bottle of brandy…She and her husband (Henry Maxwell Andrews) had returned from America (in 1956) to find that their secretary…had rearranged the contents of their house. “We can’t find anything, including the typescripts and copies of a complete novel, of which mercifully I still have the original.” They found a bowler hat perched on a lamp stand, and in the gardeners’ cellar, an eighteenth century cradle, a family heirloom, had been “hit with something hard and left among the stored potatoes”, draped with a “quite valuable Bosnian carpet”. The soon to be Dame Rebecca was prostrate with indignation…”

Grove, V: So Much to Tell (2010)

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