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24 February 2016


23 July 1912

Leonard and Virginia married on 10th August 1912. On their honeymoon Leonard began writing The Wise Virgins, ‘a book by a gifted adolescent in revolt’ (Victoria Glendinning) ‘as he lashed out at his family’s vulgar and commonplace values and attitudes, at Gordon Square’s snobbish, over-critical values and attitudes, and at the young Jew, himself, bitter, angry and displaced, in between the two worlds and fitting in nowhere.’ (This makes the book sounds much more angry than it really is; in fact it’s ironic subtitle ‘a story of words, opinions and a few emotions’ is pretty accurate. And it’s a romance of course.)

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