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Jean Findlay : In the footsteps of CK Scott Moncrieff…..

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From the outside an enigma, Scott Moncrieff left a trail of writings that describe a man expert at living a paradoxical life: fervent Catholic convert and homosexual, gregarious party-goer and deeply lonely, interwar spy in Mussolini’s Italy and public man of letters – a man for whom honour was the most abiding principle. He was a decorated war hero, and his letters home are an unusually light take on day-to-day life on the front. Described as ‘offensively brave’, he was severely injured in 1917 and, convalescing in London, became a lynchpin of literary society – friends with Robert Graves and Noel Coward, enemies with Siegfried Sassoon and in love with Wilfred Owen.

Scott Moncrieff’s great-great-niece, Jean Findlay, has exclusive access to the family archive, creating a a portrait of a man hurled into war, through an era when the world was changing fast and forever, who brought us the greatest epic of time and memory that has ever been written.

Jean Findlay has walked in the footsteps of CK Scott Moncrieff….. For eight years she carefully disinterred his life : visiting the battlefields of Flanders and Picardie, finding his flat in Rome, flying to New York to read his letters in the NYPL, tracing his steps up and down the Mediterranean coast of Italy. Jean has described this epic task as being like Scott Moncrieff’s translation of Proust itself, it seemed a never ending task, but it was worth the wait.

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