Mitz : the marmoset of Bloomsbury

by Nunez, Sigrid,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Historic Fiction Collection FICTION Nunez
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Historic Fiction Collection
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Fiction Collection FICTION Nunez
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Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FICTION Nunez
Northern Tier Regional Library Fiction FIC NUNEZ
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Collection  Fiction
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Historical Fiction HISTORICAL NUNEZ Sigrid
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
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Call Number  HISTORICAL NUNEZ Sigrid
This "tender biography of a sickly marmoset that was adopted by Leonard Woolf and became a fixture of Bloomsbury society" ( The New York Times ) is an intimate portrait of the life and marriage of Leonard and Virginia Woolf from a National Book Award-winning author.

In 1934, a "sickly pathetic marmoset" named Mitz came into the care of Leonard Woolf. After he nursed her back to health, she became a ubiquitous presence in Bloomsbury society. Moving with Leonard and Virginia Woolf between their homes in London and Sussex, she developed her own special relationship with each of them, as well as with their pet cocker spaniels and with various members of the Woolfs' circle, among them T. S. Eliot and Vita Sackville-West. Mitz also helped the Woolfs escape a close call with Nazis during a trip through Germany just before the outbreak of World War II. Using letters, diaries, memoirs, and other archival documents, Nunez reconstructs Mitz's life against the background of Bloomsbury's twilight years. This tender and imaginative mock biography offers a striking look at the lives of writers and artists shadowed by war, death, and mental breakdown, and at the solace and amusement inspired by its tiny subject--and this new edition includes an afterword by Peter Cameron and a never-before-published letter about Mitz by Nigel Nicolson.

"In short, glistening sentences that refract the larger world, Ms. Nunez describes the appealingly eccentric, fiercely intelligent Woolfs during a darkening time." -- The Wall Street Journal
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Drawing on memoirs, letters, diaries and her imagination, Sigrid Nunez (A Feather on the Breath of God, 1994) has written a fanciful account of the everyday lives of Leonard and Virginia Woolf in the 1930s--centered on Leonard's pet marmoset, Mitz. The book profiles the Woolfs in sickness and in health, during creative periods and dry spells, at their London apartment and their countryside home, Monk's House, and on an automobile jaunt around the continent in which they stubbornly, if not foolishly, travel to Nazi Germany--accompanied by Mitz. Then there are the various ruckuses Mitz causes (such as biting T. S. Eliot's finger). Using broad strokes, Nunez reconstructs a fading Bloomsbury, whose surviving members are in physical decline and for whom the hint of tragedy is ever present. Like Mitz, who, being a tropical creature, is doomed to a short life in the Northern Hemisphere, Bloomsbury and prewar Europe, both remnants from a gentler time salvaged from the First World War, gallantly face the end of their own heady eras. --Frank Caso"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Woolf, Leonard, -- 1880-1969 -- Fiction.
Woolf, Virginia, -- 1882-1941 -- Fiction.
Pet owners -- Fiction.
Mitz (Monkey) -- Fiction.
Marmosets -- Fiction.
Human-animal relationships -- Fiction.
Bloomsbury (London, England) -- Fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Language English
Description 157 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781593765828
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