Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Nancy Cunard, daughter of Bonkers Hall

Time to return to Nevill Holt, now accepted by most scholars to be the model for Bonkers Hall.

I recently received some interesting gossip from the mother of a former pupil of the prep school that used to occupy the buildings. I shall share it with you one day.

In the mean time, let me point you to a fascinating article about Nancy Cunard, who was brought up at Nevill Holt:
Nancy was a writer, heiress and political activist. She was born into the British upper class but strongly rejected her family's values, devoting much of her life to fighting racism and fascism. She became a muse to some of the 20th century's most distinguished writers and artists, including Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Tristan Tzara, Ezra Pound, Henry Crowder, and Louis Aragon, who were among her lovers, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Constantin Brancusi, Langston Hughes, Man Ray, and William Carlos Williams.

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