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Articles by Honoria St. Cyr

Debo Speaks!

January 1st, 2011

For most of the 20th century, the vivacious, controversial Mitford sisters captivated the imagination of the Western world. In a long-awaited memoir, Deborah Mitford, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, the last living Mitford sister, tells her story at last.

The Thin, Clear, Happy Call

August 1st, 2010

The sunlit aesthetics of the Edwardian era have been given a new look in this essay collection, and the consensus leans decidedly toward the darker meanings belying those lovely surfaces

The Wonder of Their Ways

January 1st, 2010
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Two books by Jeff Mynott and Colin Tudge explore why it is that birds have such a hold on our hearts. Honoria St. Cyr adds her observations – on the books and on those little marvels around the feeder.

Classics Illustrated

July 1st, 2009

An affection for annotated classics and an abiding love for The Wind in the Willows makes Honoria St. Cyr singularly suited to review the new annotated edition of Kenneth Grahame’s classic, edited by Seth Lerer—she shares her discoveries here

“…and you have got some friends of the wrong sort dear boy…”

February 1st, 2009

And you thought text-messaging was bad! In the 1920s, the gin-soaked youth movement of the Bright Young People swept through London, making headlines and raising eyebrows. Honoria St. Cyr takes a whirl through D. J. Taylor’s book on the subject and asks: “WTF?”

At the Old Vic

March 1st, 2008

A comprehensive new theater book, London Stage in the 20th Century, leads Honoria St. Cyr to reminisce on performances magnificent and disastrous staged in the world-famous West End.