The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street A zesty memoir of the celebrated writer s travels to England where she meets the cherished friends from Charing Cross Road

A zesty memoir of the celebrated writer s travels to England where she meets the cherished friends from 84, Charing Cross Road.

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  1. Helene Hanff April 15, 1916 April 9, 1997 was an American writer Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she is best known as the author of the book 84 Charing Cross Road, which became the basis for a play, teleplay, and film of the same name.Her career, which saw her move from writing unproduced plays to helping create some of the earliest television dramas to becoming a kind of professional New Yorker, goes far beyond the charm of that one book She called her 1961 memoir Underfoot in Show Business, and it chronicled the struggle of an ambitious young playwright to make it in the world of New York theatre in the 1940s and 1950s She worked in publicists offices and spent summers on the straw hat circuit along the East Coast of the United States, writing plays that were admired by some of Broadway s leading producers but which somehow never saw the light of day.She wrote and edited scripts for a variety of early television dramas produced out of New York, all the while continuing to try and move from being what she called one of the 999 out of 1,000 who don t become Noel Coward When the bulk of television production moved to California, her work slowly dried up, and she turned to writing for magazines and, eventually, to the books that made her reputation.First published in 1970, the epistolary work 84 Charing Cross Road chronicles her 20 years of correspondence with Frank Doel, the chief buyer for Marks Co a London bookshop, on which she depended for the obscure classics and British literature titles around which her passion for self education revolved She became intimately involved in the lives of the shop s staff, sending them food parcels during England s post war shortages and sharing with them details of her life in Manhattan.Due to financial difficulties and an aversion to travel, she put off visiting her English friends until too late Doel died in December 1968 from peritonitis from a burst appendix, and the bookshop eventually closed Hanff did finally visit Charing Cross Road and the empty but still standing shop in the summer of 1971, a trip recorded in her 1973 book The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street.In the 1987 film of 84 Charing Cross Road, Hanff was played by Anne Bancroft, while Anthony Hopkins took the part of Frank Doel Anne Jackson had earlier played Hanff in a 1975 adaptation of the book for British television Ellen Burstyn recreated the role on Broadway in 1982 at the Nederlander Theater in New York City.She later put her obsession with British scholar Sir Arthur Quiller Couch to use in a book called Q s Legacy Other books include Apple of My Eye, an idiosyncratic guide to New York City, and A Letter from New York 1992 , which reprinted talks she gave on the BBC s Woman s Hour between 1978 and 1985.Hanff was never shy about her fondness for cigarettes and martinis, but nevertheless lived to be 80, dying of diabetes in 1997 in New York City The apartment building where she lived at 305 E 72nd Street has been named Charing Cross House in her honor A bronze plaque next to the front door commemorates her residence and authorship of the book.

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  1. A week ago I read 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff I found the concept of writing to the same pen pal over a twenty year period to be a refreshing and charming idea for a book That the book has endured for nearly fifty years shows that many share my views of this slim memoir In the comments of the review it was brought to my attention that Hanff had written a follow up to Charing Cross Road Twenty years after she began correspondence, Hanff finally made it to London A friend encouraged her [...]

  2. 84, Charing Cross Road should have a warning sticker on the cover Be sure to have a copy of The Duchess Of Bloomsbury Street on hand BEFORE beginning this book If you ve read 84, you already know it takes maybe an hour to finish, including bathroom breaks and getting up to brew a cup of tea and maybe trying to make that recipe for Yorkshire pudding, while you re at it You also know it s impossible to read 84 and not want to read of Helene Hanff s writing Certainly you ll be longing to know what [...]

  3. Every time I try to explain the awesomeness of 84, Charing Cross Road, I end up concluding my speech with you ll have to read this for yourself I m just not a particularly emphatic person, least of all when it comes to experiences I haven t personally gone through.The fact that I found myself unable to sympathize with Ms Hanff getting to see the Englad she s dreamed about forever was uncomfortable, to say the least It s not like I don t recall going around London all googly eyed, and swooning ov [...]

  4. This is not a 5 star book for all and sundry, but for anglophiles who want to read every book written by a British author and who long to physically visit the places they have haunted in their dreams then this is THE book for you For me it is a 10 star book because I read it 20 year ago and deeply understood the emotions behind the book I wondered if I would ever go to The England of literature or if it would be too late as someone told Helene If I went to England would I be disappointed Helene [...]

  5. I had huge expectations from this one, especially after enjoying the snarky and wonderful 84 Charring Cross However, I was disappointed Where the sights and history of London is definitely interesting, the breezy nature of the writing, which was at times quite irritating and at other times quite insufficient made it lacklustre I don t compare books but this is one where I couldn t stop myself from making comparisons While I accept that the book is a diary and as such diary entries don t really h [...]

  6. Our revels now are ended These our actors were all spirits andAre melted into air, into thin air .The cloud capped towers, the gorgeous palaces The solemn temples dissolveAnd, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind We are such stuff As dreams are made on thus ends Ms.Hanff her travellogue of visiting London and meeting the friends she made at the now closed old bookshop, 84,Charing Cross Road.I was in a fugue this lazy Sunday avelling with Helene and enjoying, nay feasti [...]

  7. Loved the travelogue If I can go to London I know now what I would be doing This one is not as beautiful as 84, Charing Cross But still a beautiful travelogue full of kind strangers.

  8. The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street is Helene Hanff s companion memoir to 84 Charing Cross, an epistolary book about her twenty year relationship with the London bookshop, Marks Co 84 Charing Cross, published in the US in 1970, is a tribute to Frank Doel, the buyer of rare books for whom she had great affection and who died unexpectedly in October 1969 A London publisher, Andre Deutsch, bought the memoir for publication in England following its instant success in the US and invited her to the UK to [...]

  9. This is the chronicle of Helene Hanff s long delayed visit to London in the summer of 1971, following on from the publication of her well known book 84, Charing Cross Road While it lacks the unselfconscious charm of 84 Charing Cross Road, this memoir is still full of exuberance and wit For anyone who has at last travelled to a long dreamed of country or city, the book brings to mind all of the anticipation, wonder and excitement of such an adventure As a traveller on her first visit to London, H [...]

  10. Basically, this is the follow up of 84, Charing Cross Street After postponing for many years, Helen Hanff finally manages to travel to London just in time for the publication of her book, named above This is the journal she kept while visiting London It was interesting but it did not make me feel anything.

  11. I really enjoyed her account of the London trip She d dreamt of it so long It was funny,sweet, and interesting I wonder if she ever made it to London again Didn t have the impact of 84 Charing Cross Road, but still a great read.

  12. Had to stretch this out over several days just didn t want to say goodbye to Helene Hanff and her witty, sardonic voice again It s a bit different from 84, but still full of delight A moving testament to how wonderful things sometimes, lifelong dreams can still happen to you late in life.

  13. This is a companion book to the widely know 84, Charing Cross Road The edition I read had both books What a delightful surprise.While 84, Charing Cross Road is a collection of letters that span 20 years between the author and Frank Doel and others , the Duchess of Bloomsbury Street is a collection of diary entries made by the author on her first trip to London Her keen observations of people, time and place, makes for an interesting read As does her dry humor While I liked this fun, fast read, [...]

  14. Splendid Enchanting Marvelous.Few works of nonfiction have moved me to emotion like this one did To look at THE city through the eyes of an ardent lover of English literature strikes notes dear to the heart Blame it on an EngLit student s incorrigible Anglophilia, or call it Colonial Hangover if you wish.

  15. Often happens that when you start liking a book, you love even the small fallacies it may have Unfortunately the vice versa is also true And that s what happened with Bloomsbury.After 84 Charing Cross, was looking for a similar fun filled joy ride in its sequel but it started disappointing right after the first 20 pages or so.Wanted to like this one, or atleast not hate because of what 84CC did and because of favourable reviews of people whose ratings match with mine.Conversations full of dry hu [...]

  16. Having enjoyed the story of Helene s long correspondence with the staff and families of a London bookshop in 84, Charing Cross Road I was interested to find out what happened next.This book records in diary form, her much longed for visit to London, the friends she made, the places she discovers, and the amazing kindness she is shown.I actually liked this second book a little better was somehow much deeper and satisfying, and a welcome rounding off for the first volume.

  17. A nice little follow up to 84 Charing Cross Road, it chronicles the long awaited trip to London by the author herself Written as a diary, it s a rather candid look at her adventure in the UK, and offers a glimpse into a simpler England Fans of 84 will definitely appreciate the sequel.

  18. In case you don t know 84 Charing Cross Road, it was a 1970 sleeper hit epistolary charmer written by a curmudgeonly late middle aged, sassy, and obscure New York writer named Helene Hanff I enjoyed that book immensely as well as the film adaptation starring Anthony Hopkins and Anne Bancroft , and gave the book five stars That book, in the form of selected letters culled from a 20 year series of correspondence, chronicled her pen pal relationship with a gentlemanly London bookseller, his coworke [...]

  19. I loved 84, Charing Cross Road so much, I was eager to read this follow up Helene finally gets to London And I was not disappointed The same verve, making friends wherever she goes, but also still her edge she ends up instructing a bartender how to make martinis HER way, and pitches a fit at Oxford when her tour guide friends won t take her where SHE wants to go and insist on taking her shopping, but this is combined with trenchant comments comparing American and British culture and a sense of r [...]

  20. A lovely follow up to 84 Charing Cross Road While I definitely prefer 84, I love how Hanff finally got to London, although years too late for Frank And I personally don t like London nearly as much as she does Nevertheless, it was a lovely book, and I m glad I read it I just wish there were people in it from 84 A definite recommended read for anyone who has already read 84

  21. This is a sequel to the book 84 Charing Cross Road, which is a favorite of mine In Duchess, Helene finally travels to London and she gets a small taste of fame since her 84 book has been published She takes many tours around the city and has outings to the countryside, and the book is a diary of her travels If you liked 84 Charing Cross Road, you will probably enjoy this book.

  22. This is one of the best travel journals that I have read It helps to read 84 Charing Cross Road first for a bit of context and for a better appreciation of the significance of the author s visit to London She writes so well and her descriptions of where she goes and what she sees are delicious.

  23. Until Lizz mentioned it a few weeks ago, I was completely unaware this book existed now, having read it in less than two days, it s a favorite 84, Charing Cross Road was a favorite when Lizz first recommended it, but this may surpass even that in my personal estimation for one simple reason.This book exactly captures what it felt like to be abroad in a city where you have longed for years and I do mean years to see I didn t spend nearly so much time in London as Helene Hanff, but through this bo [...]

  24. Well it was a good read considering the following facts1 It was a Non Fiction which I usually stay away from.2 The Author was talking about places she had visited in Great Britain which I had no idea about and could not even envisage an in image in the case of Churches and other literary monuments.3 The Author was also talking about people mostly fans and friends she met in London some of whom must have been very well known to all except me.In spite of all these I finished it in a few days It wa [...]

  25. You must go out and read 84, Charing Cross Road, and then read this Both are excellent, and this is a wonderful follow up to the first Do not read them out of order.Helene Hanff sounds exactly like one would want one s maiden aunt to be, unless one wanted someone a bit madcap, like Auntie Mame She s witty and interesting and is absolutely head over heels in love with London I got such an appreciation of the London of literature from this book She is deeply reverent of what she sees, and makes u [...]

  26. The sequel to 84, Charing Cross Road, in which Helene Hanff finally makes the journey to visit England and meet Nora Doel, the widow of Frank Doel, the bookman she had corresponded with, and their daughter Sheila The sequel isn t quite up to the standards of the original they rarely are but anyone who loved 84, Charing Cross Road will want to read this.

  27. lire dans la foul e de Charing Cross Road pour compl ter la correspondance d Helene et Franck Sous la forme de carnet de son voyage en Angleterre, on suit l am ricaine qui d couvre enfin les lieux r v s Parfois un peu long, c est avant tout le portait d une dr le de dame qu il est bon d accompagner Peut tre pas 4 toiles mais pas loin.

  28. Actual ratings 3.5 Lovely follow up to 84 Charring Cross Road, and read at the perfect time as I have just travelled to London for the first time, and had many experiences that mirrored Helene s what is with those showers.

  29. Diary of the woman who wrote 84 Charing Cross Road, who FINALLY gets to travel to England b c the book has made her a bit of money 1980s Just a really fun look at her experiences as an American tourist, finding her favourite literary points of interest, the people who meet her or are charmed by her, or who take her to interesting spots Traveling before the time of internet, it s just pleasing to see how charmed she is by things that she sees or does.

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