Hetta and William: A Memoir of a Bohemian Marriage Jacob Empson

ISBN: 9781477245972

Published: November 29th 2012

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332 pages


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Hetta and William: A Memoir of a Bohemian Marriage  by  Jacob Empson

Hetta and William: A Memoir of a Bohemian Marriage by Jacob Empson
November 29th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 332 pages | ISBN: 9781477245972 | 7.73 Mb

This is an account of being brought up a household established by two bohemians of their age. Hetta and William met as fellow students at the liars school, an induction course for new recruits to the BBC Foreign Service during World War 2. He wasMoreThis is an account of being brought up a household established by two bohemians of their age.

Hetta and William met as fellow students at the liars school, an induction course for new recruits to the BBC Foreign Service during World War 2. He was an established poet and literary critic, an academic whose career had been blighted in the UK. She was an orphaned South African, an aspiring sculptor, and a member of the Communist Party. Their marriage was to last over 40 years. Soon after the end of the war they took their two sons with them to Peking, where the civil war was resuming, and the Chinese Communist Party was to establish the new Peoples Republic.

Oddly enough, their open marriage worked very well in the expatriate community. On their return to England William was able to resume an academic career in the north of England. Hetta stayed in London. The vicissitudes of their relationship made for an interesting life for the boys, who where sometimes being looked after by childless relations, sometimes roughing it on their own in the huge house that their parents had bought in Hampstead during the war.

It was a life of privilege as well as neglect, but never dull.



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