Kitchin attended Exeter College Oxford and became a barrister. He was a gifted chess player, bridge player, and pianist. Kitchin led a varied and colourful life. He was born into wealth and increased his wealth through investment in the stock market. He used his wealth to take part in many different fields, including the breeding and racing of greyhounds, in which he was briefly an important figure.
The Book of Life by C.H.B. Kitchin
Paperback: 220 pages
Publisher: Valancourt Books (March 3, 2009)
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Set in the twilight of the Edwardian age, The Book of Life is the story of Francis Froxwell, an orphan caught between his mother's family, kind but common, and his father's family, the proud and wealthy Froxwells. Aged ten, Francis goes to live with the Froxwells and becomes fascinated with his grandfather's ledger, the 'Book of Life', in which each family member's prospective inheritance is recorded. Francis begins to dream of his future, when he will be a rich and powerful baronet . . . .
As Francis comes to terms with his emerging adolescence and developing identity, he is drawn to two figures: his kind Uncle Demetrius, the 'black sheep' of the family, and Jimmy Waring, an ex-schoolmaster dismissed for his inappropriate conduct with young boys. Francis will unwittingly get caught up in a chain of events involving sex, scandal, intrigue, and blackmail, and which will ultimately lead to tragedy . . . and the elimination of at least one name from the 'Book of Life'.
By turns nostalgic, ironic, tragic, and darkly comical, The Book of Life is the crowning achievement of C.H.B. Kitchin (1895-1967). Although widely praised by critics on its initial release in 1960, The Book of Life disappointed Kitchin by failing to succeed commercially. Readers of this new edition, which features a new foreword by Kitchin's close friend and literary executor Francis King, will delight in rediscovering this lost masterpiece of 20th century British fiction.
Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History: From Antiquity to the Mid-Twentieth Century by Robert Aldrich & Garry Wotherspoon
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (February 21, 2003)
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Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History: From Antiquity to the Mid-Twentieth Century is a comprehensive and fascinating survey of the key figures in gay and lesbian history from classical times to the mid-twentieth century. Among those included are:
* Classical heroes - Achilles; Aeneas; Ganymede
* Literary giants - Sappho; Christopher Marlowe; Arthur Rimbaud; Oscar Wilde
* Royalty and politicians - Edward II; King James I; Horace Walpole; Michel de Montaigne.
Over the course of some 500 entries, expert contributors provide a complete and vivid picture of gay and lesbian life in the Western world throughout the ages.
Leonard and Virginia Woolf as Publishers: The Hogarth Press, 1917-41 by John H. Willis
Hardcover: 451 pages
Publisher: University of Virginia Press; First edition (September 22, 1992)
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Has any couple in twentieth-century intellectual life so captured and held attention as have Leonard and Virginia Woolf? The have proved endlessly interesting as individuals, partners, writers, modernists, and as the central players in the absorbing drama of Bloomsbury. Yet surprisingly scant attention has been paid to their remarkable achievements as publishers. Now J.H. Willis, Jr., combines wide-ranging literary knowledge with more than ten years of research to enhance forever our appreciation of Leonard and Virginia Woolf as publishers.
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