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A Great Task of Happiness By Louisa Young

A Great Task of Happiness by Louisa Young

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Based on her diaries, this is a biography of Kathleen Scott. It traces her life from learning to sculpt with Rodin, her marriage to Captain Scott and the diaries she kept for him to read on his return from his Antarctic voyage, and her marrriage to Edward Hilton Young, 11 years after Scott's death.

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A Great Task of Happiness: Life of Kathleen Scott by Louisa Young

This is a biography of Kathleen Scott based on her diaries, and Bruce's brother and the Grand Postleniks of Wallachia. In Paris in 1901, she learnt to sculpt with Rodin and made friends with Isadora Duncan - whose illegitimate baby she later delivered - and enagaged in a long and silent flirtation with Edward Steichen and rebuffed Aleister Crowley. A formidable woman, Kathleen was a sculptor, a confidante of Asquith during his years as prime minster, and was loved and admired by men as diverse as Max Beerbohm, George Bernard Shaw, Lawrence of Arabia and the Norwegian explorer Nansen. In 1908 she married Robert Falcon Scott and after bearing Peter, the son she had longed for, helped Captain Scott to prepare for his ill-fated Antarctic expedition. She learnt of her husband's death 18 months after it had happened, in mid-ocean on her way to meet him. In 1910 she started to keep diaries for Scott to read on his return; after his death she continued writing them, covering politics, exploration, art and her friends and family. Eleven years after Captain Scott's death she married again, to Edward Hilton Young (later Lord Kennet), who was to become a cabinet minister, and had another son, Wayland. She was always independent, energetic and fond of men and babies, though her spirit was considered masculine - Shaw said that his friendship with her was the nearest he came to homosexuality.

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GOR002665414
9780333656570
0333656571
A Great Task of Happiness: Life of Kathleen Scott by Louisa Young
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Pan Macmillan
1996-06-21
320
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