Love letters: Leonard Woolfe and Trekkie Ritchie Parsons, 1941-1969
Chatto & Windus, May 22, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 312 pages
Trekkie Ritchie Parsons, a painter and book illustrator, was married to the publisher Ian Parsons. When she met and fell in love with Leonard Woolf, rather than splitting with Ian, convinced both men that life would be best if Leonard moved in next door. Trekkie spent the weekends with Ian and the week with Leonard, living this way for 25 years. When Trekkie and Leonard were not together they talked through quick letters, which she then sealed up, and were opened after her death. Linked by excerpts from her diary, the letters shine with details of daily life and tell the story of two contrasting personalities, their love for one another, and their unusual and creative domestic arrangement.
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Love letters: Leonard Woolf & Trekkie Ritchie Parsons, 1941-1968User Review - Book Verdict
This collection of letters documents the relationship between Leonard Woolf, the writer best known as the husband of Virginia Woolf and publisher of the Hogarth Press, and Trekkie Parsons, a painter and book designer more than 20 years his junior. The correspondence lasts from the beginning of their friendship in 1941, the year Virginia Woolf died, until Leonard's death in 1968. Throughout most of that time, Woolf and Parsons were involved intimately and designed rather unusual living arrangements with shared or neighboring houses, where Ian Parsons, Trekkie's husband and Woolf's colleague, joined them. The letters are sporadic, since Woolf and Trekkie spent as much time as possible together, and they often seem to continue conversations that occurred off the page, making the letters difficult to read. The letters are unedited, though Adamson (English, Dawson Coll., Montreal) has added footnotes to help the reader navigate through their social circles. She also provides headnotes and an introduction. Woolf's letters are startlingly romantic and moving, and the letters reveal the development of the couple's intimacy. They also show Woolf and Trekkie sharing their professional and artistic concerns and dealing with the minutiae of daily life. These very personal letters, mostly kept private until Trekkie died in 1995, will be of greatest interest to those fascinated by the Woolfs and anything Bloomsbury. Recommended for libraries with modern literary collections. Paolina Taglienti, Long Island Univ., Brooklyn, NY ...
Review: Love Letters: Leonard Woolf and Trekkie Ritchie ParsonsUser Review - Goodreads
If these letters had been placed on Leonard's desk, I doubt he would have approved their publication due to their mostly ephemeral nature. However, try labeling something "Bloomsbury" and then ...