Modern Virginity

Paul Delany

  • Song of Love: The Letters of Rupert Brooke and Noel Olivier 1909-1915 edited by Pippa Harris
    Bloomsbury, 302 pp, £17.99, November 1991, ISBN 0 7475 1048 2

On 29 July 1912, Rupert Brooke was spending a disconsolate evening at the Crown Hotel, Everleigh, where he had been staying for five days at a house party hosted by J.M. Keynes. The cause of Rupert’s distress was the departure that day of Noel Olivier, to go climbing in Switzerland. Her elder sister Brynhild had left with her, off to climb in Wales with Hugh Popham, to whom she had just become engaged.

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