[November 22, 1913 – December 4, 1976]
Benjamin Britten: A Biography (1993) by Humphrey Carpenter
February House: The Story of W. H. Auden, Carson McCullers, Jane and Paul Bowles, Benjamin
Britten, and Gypsy Rose Lee, Under One Roof In Wartime America
(2005) by Sherill Tippins --
Lambda Literary Award
February House is the uncovered story of an
extraordinary experiment in communal living, one involving young but
already iconic writers -- and the country's best-known burlesque performer
-- in a house at 7 Middagh Street in Brooklyn during 1940 and 1941. It was
a fevered year-long party fueled by the appetites of youth and by the
shared sense of urgency to take action as artists in the months before
America entered the war. In spite of the sheer intensity of life at 7
Middagh, the house was for its residents a creative crucible.
Carson McCullers's two
The Member of the Wedding
The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, were born,
bibulously, in Brooklyn. Gypsy Rose Lee,
workman-like by day, party girl by night, wrote her book The G-String
Murders in her Middagh Street bedroom. Auden
-- who along with Britten was being excoriated at home in England for
absenting himself from the war -- presided over the house like a peevish
auntie, collecting rent money and dispensing romantic advice. And yet all
the while he was composing some of the most important work of his career.
Sherill Tippins's February House, enlivened by primary sources and
an unforgettable story, masterfully recreates daily life at the most
fertile and improbable live-in salon of the twentieth century.
See also Jane Bowles and
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