Swinnerton: An Autobiography

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V
MIRACLES

A removal; Philip Lee Warner; the Partners and Staff at III St Martin's Lane; Israel Gollancz; my first novel is accepted and published; a letter to Arnold Bennett.

IT MUST HAVE BEEN EVIDENT to readers of the earlier chapters of this book that the Swinnertons were great roamers from dwelling to dwelling; and the cause of our nomadism was that the O.M. always took a great dislike to any house or flat in which she lived, and associated it with every unhappiness of her life there. Whether it was a form of claustrophobia, or a belief in the fresh start, the cut painter, and the new broom, or the same disgust with the people about her which drove D. H. Lawrence round the world, I do not know; but at her instigation we were ever in movement.

We passed in the space of ten years from Hornsey Road to Holloway Road, from Holloway to Highbury, to East Finchley (where there were two houses), Highgate Village, Upper Holloway, West Hampstead, and back again to the heart of London. There was always a reason, and a good one. At Hornsey Road it was inability to pay the rent, at Holloway it was a horror of vermin; at East Finchley a quarrel and my father's death were both inevitable; from Highgate Village we moved because the house in Upper Holloway tempted us, and from Upper Holloway to West Hampstead because we

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Table of contents

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  • By Frank Swinnerton *
  • Title Page *
  • Three Quotations by Way of Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • I - I Am Born 1
  • II - Early Days 23
  • III - From Fleet Street to the West End 40
  • IV - Six Years of Growth 53
  • V - Miracles 86
  • VI - My First Acquaintance with Authors 108
  • VII - Adventures in Publishing 122
  • VII - Arnold Bennett 135
  • IX - H. G. Wells 156
  • X - "Crucical" Years 173
  • XI - Some of My Elders 191
  • XII - Melange 227
  • XIV - Some of My Contemporaries 265
  • XV - The United States 315
  • XVI - What I Think About Life 339
  • Index 351
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