‘Come, my friend,’ said Smirnoff

Joanna Kavenna

  • The Radical Twenties: Aspects of Writing, Politics and Culture by John Lucas
    Five Leaves, 263 pp, £11.99, January 1997, ISBN 0 907123 17 1

In 1916, D.H. Lawrence wrote to Lady Cynthia Asquith of his abiding ‘sadness’: ‘for my country, for this great wave of civilisation, 2000 years, which is now collapsing’. Driving to Garsington, Ottoline Morrell’s country seat, he was overwhelmed with a sense of

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