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Bedford, Sybille 1911-2006

Works: 130 works in 731 publications in 11 languages and 11,116 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Biography  Domestic fiction  Biographies  Trials, litigation, etc  Handbooks and manuals  History  Bildungsromans  Bibliography  Trial and arbitral proceedings 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Creator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc.
Classifications: PR6052.E3112, 823.914
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Aldous Huxley : a biography by Sybille Bedford( Book )

57 editions published between 1973 and 2002 in 4 languages and held by 2,554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interpretation of the life and works of the 20th-century English novelis, by an intimate friend and fellow novelist
A legacy : a novel by Sybille Bedford( Book )

113 editions published between 1956 and 2016 in 8 languages and held by 1,328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Legacy is the tale of two very different families. The Merzes are members of the Jewish upper bourgeoisie of Berlin and direct descendants of Henriette Merz, friend of Goethe and Mirabeau. But this imposing legacy has long since ceased to mean much of anything in the Merzes' huge town house, where the family devotes itself to little more than enjoying its comfort and ensuring its wealth. The Feldens are landed Catholic aristocracy, well off but not rich, from the Catholic south of Germany. When Julius von Felden marries Melanie Merz the fortunes of the two families become strangely, and sometimes fatally, entwined. Told from the point of view of a precociously observant child and set against the background of Germany before the First Word War, A Legacy is at once captivating, magnificently funny, and profound, an unforgettable image of a doomed way of life"--
A favourite of the gods by Sybille Bedford( Book )

62 editions published between 1963 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 943 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A brilliant picture of a rich, aristocratic Italian-American marriage and its consequences, down to the second generation
The faces of justice : a traveller's report by Sybille Bedford( Book )

38 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 848 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literary silhouettes of court proceedings which Mrs. Bedford observed from public galleries in England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France
Jigsaw : an unsentimental education : a biographical novel by Sybille Bedford( Book )

58 editions published between 1989 and 2018 in 7 languages and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sequel to A Legacy continues the story of a young woman from the Kaiser's Germany to Europe in the 1920s and the vanished world of Europe between world wars, as the narrator describes her discovery of the complexities, passions, wisdom, and mysteries of life, with the help of a diverse array of "teachers."
A compass error by Sybille Bedford( Book )

50 editions published between 1968 and 2012 in 6 languages and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While her mother travels with a new lover, Flavia, daughter of the Mondaine Constanza, lives alone in a Provencal villa, Studying for Oxford entrance, she is taken up and seduced by the wife of a fashionable painter, doomed to betrayal, the idealistic Flavia discovers her true inheritance
The trial of Dr. Adams by Sybille Bedford( Book )

18 editions published between 1958 and 1962 in English and held by 672 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Day-by-day summary of the proceedings in the trial of Dr. John Bodkin Adams, a physician charged with murdering one of his patients
The sudden view; a Mexican journey by Sybille Bedford( Book )

10 editions published in 1953 in English and held by 266 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As it was : pleasures, landscapes and justice by Sybille Bedford( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 202 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A visit to Don Otavio : a traveller's tale from Mexico by Sybille Bedford( Book )

20 editions published between 1960 and 2003 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Begins on Grand Central Station, continues with a nightmarish train journey, and then reveals the landscapes and peoples of Mexico. The highlight of this book is the author's stay with Don Otavio, a bankrupt squire still inhabiting his lakeside house, with 17 servants to wait on him
The best we can do : an account of the trial of John Bodkin Adams by Sybille Bedford( Book )

34 editions published between 1958 and 1989 in 4 languages and held by 185 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The trial of Marie Besnard by Marie Besnard( Book )

2 editions published in 1963 in English and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A French woman endures a 12-year ordeal while standing wrongfully accused of murdering thirteen family members
Quicksands : a memoir by Sybille Bedford( Book )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Showing how history imprints itself on private lives, this memoir presents the author's sensuous, harrowing, and remarkable life. It moves from Berlin during the Great War to the artists' set on the Cote d'Azur, through lovers, mentors, seducers and friends, and from genteel yet shabby poverty to comfort in London's Chelsea
Aldous Huxley : a biography. Vol. 2, 1939-1963 by Sybille Bedford( Book )

11 editions published between 1974 and 1986 in 3 languages and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sudden view : a traveller's tale from Mexico by Sybille Bedford( Book )

5 editions published between 1960 and 1963 in English and Undetermined and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A visit to Don Otavio : a Mexican journey by Sybille Bedford( Book )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1990 in English and held by 86 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the mid-1940s, Sybille Bedford set off from Grand Central Station for Mexico, accompanied by her friend E., a hamper of food and drink (Virginia ham, cherries, watercress, a flute of bread, Portuguese rose), books, a writing board, and paper. Her resulting travelogue captures the violent beauty of the country she visited. Bedford doesn't so much describe Mexico as take the reader there'in second-class motor buses over thousands of miles, through arid noons and frigid nights, successions of comida corrida, botched excursions to the coast, conversations recorded verbatim, hilarious observations, and fascinating digressions into murky histories. At the heart of the book is the Don Otavio of the title, the travelers' gracious host, his garrulous family and friends, and his Edenic hacienda at Lake Chapala. Published in 1953, A Visit to Don Otavio was an immediate success, "a travel book written by a novelist," as Bedford described it, establishing her reputation as a nonpareil writer
A favourite of the gods ; and, A compass error by Sybille Bedford( Book )

3 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Favourite of the Gods is the story of two generations of a single family, united by a strong matrilineal bond but divided by the customs of their differing nationalities. Anna Howland, the matriarch and American heiress, born in the 1870s to a prominent, liberal New England family marries an Italian prince and makes her home in Rome; her daughter Constanza, the favorite of the title, inherits her mother's beauty, intelligence, and wealth, along with her father's Catholicism, which she soon rejects in the course of her unconventional but first-rate education. When disaster strikes, Anna and the prince fall back on the conventional standardsof behavior of their disparate cultures; Constanza, with her European upbringing, is free to develop her own moral code, to plot her own course in life, and she does so with fantastic daring, making an unconventional life for herself in England and on the continent at the time of the first world war and its aftermath. Her own daughter Flavia, introduced in A Favourite of the Gods, is the heroine of A Compass Error, which begins where the first novel concludes. Flavia too is a brilliant young woman, though both more brash and more faltering than her mother, studying in France for her entrance exam to Oxford when she becomes involved with a mysterious woman whose arrival at a sensitive moment in Flavia's adolescence will alter both her and her mother's lives forever"--
Aldous Huxley by Sybille Bedford( Book )

7 editions published in 1973 in 3 languages and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jigsaw : an unsentimaental education : a biographical novel by Sybille Bedford( Book )

2 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Bedford's autobiographical novel paints a vivid picture of life in 1920s Europe between the wars. From her first novel, A Legacy--a book admired by novelists (among them Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford), critics, and readers on both sides of the Atlantic--to her acclaimed life of Aldous Huxley, Sybille Bedford's writings have given great delight. And all the wit, feeling, and elegance of perception her readers have come to expect are brilliantly present in this, her first book in fifteen years. She moves now in the borderland between fiction and biography to tell the story of a young woman who will one day be a writer, growing up in the 1920s in a world at one moment bright with grace and pleasure, at the next bewildering and dark--and of the lives that touch and color hers. It is the story of an unsentimental education that begins in the Grand Duchy of Baden, in a small chateau increasingly threadbare after the Great War. Here the narrator's father, who was himself raised "not exactly to money but to the sweetness of life," instructs the solitary child (her mother absent, having taken a lover) in decorums already vanishing. It is an education suddenly deflected to the dazzling Italian countryside, to the company of the clever, beautiful, and seductive mother who is the lodestar of the narrator's young life, by turns embracing her daughter, banishing her to England and the generosity of others, and calling her back--now no longer to Italy but to Sanary, on the Mediterranean coast of France, where the painter Kisling and his wife, and the Huxleys, Aldous and Maria, are among those who capture the girl's imagination and her heart. Finally we see her--since earliest childhood precociously in charge of herself--as she approaches her twenty-first year, making her way through a society of worldly intelligence whose emotional agenda is far less simple than it seems. In Jigsaw, Sybille Bedford has movingly conveyed an apprenticeship to life, and to a life's work"--
Visite à Don Otavio : tribulations d'une romancière anglaise au Mexique by Sybille Bedford( Book )

4 editions published between 1991 and 2004 in French and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A legacy : a novel
A legacy : a novelA favourite of the godsJigsaw : an unsentimental education : a biographical novelA compass errorA visit to Don Otavio : a traveller's tale from MexicoQuicksands : a memoirPleasures and landscapes : a traveller's tales from Europe
Alternative Names
Bedford, Sybille

Bedford, Sybille, 1911-

Lord, Eda

Schoenebeck, Sybille Aleid Elsa von 1911-2006

Schoenebeck, Sybille von, 1911-2006

Sybille Bedford deutsch-britische Autorin

Sybille Bedford Duits schrijfster

Sybille Bedford periodista y escritora germano-británica

Sybille Bedford tysk författare

Sybille Bedford tysk skribent

Sybille Bedford writer

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