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Sybille Bedford (March 16, 1911 – February 17, 2006)

Sybille Bedford, OBE was a German-born English writer. She was a writer of non-fiction and semi-autobiographical fiction books and a lesbian.
Born: March 16, 1911, Berlin, Germany
Died: February 17, 2006, London, United Kingdom
Lived: The Albany, Piccadilly, W1J
Buried: Mortlake Crematorium, Mortlake, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Find A Grave Memorial# 62800459
Nominations: Man Booker Prize, Lambda Literary Award for Belles Lettres
People also search for: Aldous Huxley, Martha Gellhorn, Christian Spiel

Sybille Bedford was a German-born English writer. Many of her works are partly autobiographical. Julia Neuberger proclaimed her "the finest woman writer of the 20th century" while Bruce Chatwin saw her as "one of the most dazzling practitioners of modern English prose". Bedford spent the 1950s, 60s and 70s living in France, Italy, Britain and Portugal and during this period had a twenty-year relationship with the American female novelist Eda Lord. Maria Huxley, Aldous Huxley’s wife, is known to have said, to avoid Sybille’s deportation to Germany during WWII, "We need to get one of our bugger friends to marry you". Sybille entered a marriage of convenience with an English Army officer, Walter "Terry" Bedford, who had been an ex-boyfriend of a former manservant of W.H. Auden's. She followed the Huxleys to California and spent the rest of World War II in America. During the 1940s, she had a love affair with an American woman, Evelyn W. Gendel, who left her husband for Bedford and became a writer and editor herself. In 1979, she settled in Chelsea in London.
Together from 1956 to 1976: 20 years.
Sybille Bedford, OBE (born Freiin Sybille Aleid Elsa von Schoenebeck, March 16, 1911 – February 17, 2006)
Eda Lord (July 30, 1907 - October 1976)



Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
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The Albany, or simply Albany, is an apartment complex in Piccadilly, W1J built in 1770–74 by Sir William Chambers for the newly created 1st Viscount Melbourne as Melbourne House. It is a three-storey mansion, seven bays (windows) wide, with a pair of service wings flanking a front courtyard. In 1791, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany abandoned Dover House, Whitehall (now a government office), and took up residence. In 1802 the Duke in turn gave up the house and it was converted by Henry Holland into 69 bachelor apartments (known as "sets"). The residents have included such famous names as the poet Lord Byron and the future Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, and numerous members of the aristocracy. In Oscar Wilde's play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), the character John (Jack) Worthing has a set at the Albany (number B4), where he lives while staying in London under the assumed name of Ernest. Notable queer residents: Sybille Bedford, writer, lived in Aldous Huxley's servant's room; Bruce Chatwin, writer; Aldous Huxley, writer; Matthew “The Monk” Lewis, from 1802 to 1818 (number K1); Compton Mackenzie, writer, from 1911 to 1912 (number E1); Sir Harold Nicolson, writer and politician from 1952 to 1965 (number C1); Terence Stamp, actor. George Cecil Ives had an apartment here which he shared with his live-in servant and lover, James Goddard (Kit) in 1894. The place was held in high esteem. Ives “refused to allow a third man to join him and Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde's intimate friend, for sex, --- because “it wouldn't do at the Albany”.”



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Sybille Bedford (1911-2006) was a German-born English writer. Sybille entered a marriage of convenience with an English Army officer, Walter "Terry" Bedford (an ex-boyfriend of a former man-servant of W.H Auden's), whom she described as a friend's "bugger butler", and obtained a British passport. Bedford spent the 1950s, '60s and '70s living in France, Italy, Britain and Portugal, and during this period had a twenty-year relationship with the American female novelist Eda Lord. In 1979 she settled in Chelsea in London. She is buried at Mortlake Cemetery (Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Rd, Richmond TW9 4EN).



Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
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