The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

By: Hanff, Helene

Price: $18.00

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Book Condition: Very Good


Hardcover with dust jacket, red paper over red cloth spine, Union Jack endpapers, red topstain, 14 by 20.7 cm, 137 pp. The hardcover is very good with some very minor bumping and wear at the extremities; the jacket is good with light soiling and some small tears and chips, primarily at the head and tail of the spine panel. From the flaps: “Sometimes sequels to successful books are written out of respect for critics. Sometimes they are written out of gratitude to the public. Mostly they are written for money. However, this book was written out of sympathy for the mailman bowed under a burden of letters from readers asking what happened next. In 1970 Helene Hanff wrote 84, Charing Cross Road, a record of a postal love affair with England through a twenty-year correspondence with a London bookseller. The book found thousands of devoted readers. Their fervent wish—and hers above all—was that she go to England. Now at last in The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street that dream comes true. And from her first adventure with the capricious shower in her hotel room (English bird baths are far superior in design to their showers, she concludes) to her final walk through Russell Square, where she ‘sat’ for her portrait, Miss Hanff savored every moment she spent in England. She found herself at the center of a wonderful whirl of roses and new friends and messages-at-the-desk, and each time she wrote a postcard, she confides, she was tempted to use Euphoria as a return address. ‘All my life I wanted to see London,’ Miss Hanff writes. ‘I used to go to English movies just to look at the streets with houses like those. Staring at the screen in a dark theatre, I wanted to walk down those streets so badly it gnawed at me like hunger…’ In this sprightly, essential, sublime account of her visit she walks down those streets, and it is safe to say that neither Helene Hanff nor indeed England will ever again be quite the same.”

Title: The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

Author Name: Hanff, Helene

Categories: Literature,

Edition: first U.S. edition

Publisher: Philadelphia/New York, J.B. Lippincott Co.: 1973

ISBN Number: 0397009763

ISBN Number 13: 9780397009763

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 3659