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THE AGE OF EXTRAVAGANCE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Through its literature, this is a portrait of a fastidious and festive period which in spite of the slimness of its years (1900-1914) left a lavish imprint. And this age of the ""social and 'society' arts"" (only Harold Nicolson, who condemns the ""jade and the lobster"" may not concur) has its portrait in these excerpts from Dorothy Brett, V. Sackville-West, Henry Seidel Canby, Maugham, Cecil Beaton, Virginia Woolf, Saki, Edith Wharton, Sir Osbert Sitwell, Osbert Lancaster, Arnold Bennett, Ellen Glasgow, and many others. There's a British coronation and an American college town, houseparties and balls and holidays, the San Francisco earthquake and a murder trial, fashions, foods, while English estates vie with Newport in the display of gracious and formal elegance. The editors' taste is equal to the era.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1954
Publisher: Rinehart