The Englishman's Room by Alvilde Lees-Milne and Derry Moore ( Very Rare Copy and As New Condition)
Author: Alvilde Lees-Milne and Derry Moore
Published by: Viking
Year of Publication: 1986
Condition As New. A very rare book.
These fairly diverse, but not revelatory, notions of what some Englishmen consider a proper room to be may tempt Anglophiles. For Sir John Gielgud, a beloved dressing room at London's Haymarket Theatre is proper turf for reflection and privacy; a pottery studio serves a similar purpose for Quentin Bell. Thirty-one Englishmen were asked to describe their special rooms, even those located well away from England in Greece or Morocco. Is there a general characteristic? Readers will notice how extraordinarily ""arranged'' these rooms are, how remarkably fussy. Positively stated, they convey what decorator David Hicks calls a ``full look.'' Unfortunately for the contributors, photographer Moore deadens what charm and life are to be seen in the rooms. There is a portrait of each contributor, and Moore has positioned the men looking down, in profile, or staring rather longingly out a window. The results are fey and boring. While the book is mildly diverting, its parts do not a sum equal. Lees-Milne and Moore have previously collaborated on The Englishwoman's House