Swinnerton: An Autobiography

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XI
SOME OF MY ELDERS

Old friends; Clement Miles; Vernon Lee; St John Adcock; Edwin Pugh; J. B. Pinker; John Galsworthy; Sir Harry Johnston; Lady Russell; the Cobden- Sandersons; Henry Festing Jones; Allan Monkhouse; Harold Williams; President Masaryk; A. E. W. Mason; Maurice Baring; E. V. Lucas; Sir William Robertson Nicoll; Clement Shorter.

WHEN HUGH WALPOLE reached the age of fifty it was announced in the press that he was going to give a celebrational dinner to his fifty best friends, which seemed a really stupendous number of best friends for any man to have. Lonely creatures who are lucky to have a single confident may have found the news painfully discouraging. But it was not therefore an incredible number. Walpole has such generous capacity for affection that he attracts all sorts of men and women, and he lives such a rapid and crowded life that he must have eager adherents in every quarter of the globe. He could well have issued acceptable invitations to three times the number.

Though fortunate, I am not as fortunate in this respect as he. I do not put the number of my intimate friends above half-a-dozen or so. But it is inevitable that any man not the dreariest of dullards who for some years leads a public or semi-public life should attach (it is Jane Austen's word) large

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • 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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