“Such Friends”: The Reviews Are In!

We interrupt our usual chronicling of what was happening in the literary 1920s to report on the early response to the first book of these blogs, “Such Friends”:  The Literary 1920s, Volume I—1920, by your blog host, Kathleen Dixon Donnelly, published three months ago today.

I love it…Your voice carried over a number of pages sequentially is very effective and idiosyncratic. When they are read together they have a presence…You’ve invented a new genre—vignettes with verve!…I continue to pick up “Such Friends“ regularly and just start reading…I read a few and then think “Well, time to do something else.” And then I want to turn the pages and read a few more. You have invented a new sort of page turner. Collectively, they are also giving me a feel for the time.”—New York Academic Fan

Thanks to all of you who have passed on to me your positive thoughts about “Such Friends.”

Cover design by Lisa Thomson

I really like the format. The small vignettes are great for a quick read and even sharing with friends and students. I also love Lady Gregory’s famous beech tree on the cover!”—Ohio Academic Fan

You’ve made some excellent suggestions [and corrections—Oops!] which will be incorporated into the upcoming volumes.

A chronological journey through the most extraordinary of years…Fun to pick up on any page and travel back in time.”—Connecticut The Great Gatsby fan

If you’re following this “Such Friends” blog you’ve been reading the postings that will become Volume II—1921, hopefully available before the end of this year.

The book looks great and although I planned to read a couple of pages to get the flavor of the text, I ended up reading page after page after page—delightful, fascinating, lively anecdotes, information and graphics!”—Bloomsbury Group Fan

“Such Friends” can be an ideal gift for any of your literary “such friends.” You know they like to read, but how can you avoid buying them a book they’ve already read?! With “Such Friends” you are giving them the gift of great gossip about their favorite early 20th century writers.

Kind of fun and light. It’s a reminder that geniuses are still just people…These are highly revered writers we don’t get to meet personally. We also get a good sense that politically and socially nothing is new under the sun.”—Former College Roomie Fan

So get your copies now! Both print and e-book formats are available on Amazon.

It’s like meeting them in person. I studied them in school so reading your book brings them back, but with a personal feel…It put us in the room with them. You brought them to life.”—South Florida Writer Fan

And if you are in Pittsburgh, and easily accessible by bus, I will hand deliver your personally signed copy!

I am still enjoying dipping into “Such Friends,” rationing it like a box of chocolates…I tend to read a page or two before I sleep—I think it enhances the quality of my dreams.—Irish in London Playwright Fan

Any questions, just email me at kaydee@gypsyteacher.com.

I’m trying to resist reading your individual “Such Friends” blog pieces in order to read them all in the 1921 book at the end of the year, I enjoyed the most recent one so much.”—Galway Playwright Fan

This summer I will be talking about The Literary 1920s in the Osher Lifelong Learning programs at Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.

Manager as Muse, about Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins’ relationships with Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe, is also available on Amazon in both print and e-book versions.

If you want to walk with me through Bloomsbury, download my audio walking tour, “Such Friends”:  Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.

42 thoughts on ““Such Friends”: The Reviews Are In!

  1. Pingback: “Such Friends”:  The Literary 1920s, Volume II—1921 is now available! | SuchFriends Blog

  2. Pingback: “Such Friends”:  100 years ago, mid-September, 1921, 1239 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois | SuchFriends Blog

  3. Pingback: “Such Friends”:  100 years ago, September, 1921, Central Park West, New York City, New York | SuchFriends Blog

  4. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, September 6, 1921, Room 1219, St. Francis Hotel, corner of Geary and Powell Streets, San Francisco, California | SuchFriends Blog

  5. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, end of summer, 1921, Midtown Manhattan, New York City, New York | SuchFriends Blog

  6. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, August 31, 1921, Scribner’s, 153-157 Fifth Avenue, New York City, New York | SuchFriends Blog

  7. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, late August, 1921, 74 Gloucester Place, Marylebone, London; and Shakespeare & Co., 12 rue de l’Odeon, Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  8. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, August 25, 1921, Thame, Oxfordshire, England | SuchFriends Blog

  9. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, late August, 1921, the Old Palace, Dewas, India | SuchFriends Blog

  10. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, mid-August, 1921, Virginia Hotel, 78 Rush Street, Chicago, Illinois | SuchFriends Blog

  11. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, August 13, 1921, Frazee Theatre, 254 West 42nd Street, New York City, New York | SuchFriends Blog

  12. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, August 10, 1921, Abbey Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin | SuchFriends Blog

  13. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, August 7 and 8, 1921, Charleston Farmhouse, East Sussex, England; and Monk’s House, Rodmell, England | SuchFriends Blog

  14. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, end of July, 1921, 12 rue de Boulainvilliers, Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  15. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, July 27, 1921, 12 rue de l’Odeon, Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  16. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, July 23, 1921, Pictures magazine, United Kingdom | SuchFriends Blog

  17. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, late July, 1921, en route to Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  18. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, July 14, 1921, Norfolk County Courthouse, Dedham, Massachusetts | SuchFriends Blog

  19. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, July, 1921, en route to and in Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  20. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, early July, 1921, 71 rue de Cardinal Lemoine, Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  21. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, July 2, 1921, Boyle’s Thirty Acres, Jersey City, New Jersey; and Tony Soma’s, West 49th Street, New York City, New York | SuchFriends Blog

  22. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, late June, 1921, 74 Gloucester Place, Marylebone, London | SuchFriends Blog

  23. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, June 22, 1921, Left Bank, Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  24. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, early summer, 1921, 27 rue de Fleurus, Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  25. Pingback: “Such Friends”: Four years ago, June, 2017, London | SuchFriends Blog

  26. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, June, 1921, en route to and in Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  27. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, June 10, 1921, Fontana Vecchia, Taormina, Sicily, Italy | SuchFriends Blog

  28. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, June 6, 1921, Lincoln University, Chester County, Pennsylvania | SuchFriends Blog

  29. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, early June, 1921, 63rd Street Music Hall, north of Broadway, New York City, New York | SuchFriends Blog

  30. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, May, 1921, Howard University, Washington, D. C. | SuchFriends Blog

  31. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, May, 1921, en route to and in Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  32. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, 1 pm, GMT, May 25, 1921, Custom House Quay and Dundrum, Dublin | SuchFriends Blog

  33. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, May 20, 1921, Grosvenor Gallery, Bond Street, London | SuchFriends Blog

  34. Pingback: K. Donnelly Communications’ Latest Publication: “Such Friends”: The Literary 1920s, Volume I–1920 | K. Donnelly Communications

  35. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, May 17, 1921, Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue, New York City, New York | SuchFriends Blog

  36. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, early May, 1921, Left Bank, Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  37. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, early May, 1921, en route from New York City to Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  38. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, May 7, 1921, Left Bank, Paris | SuchFriends Blog

  39. Pingback: “Such Friends”: 100 years ago, May 4, 1921, Dundrum, Dublin | SuchFriends Blog

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