Books: Time, ladies and gentlemen, please
Is that Mrs Woolf, in a room of her own? And Monsieur Camus, outside? Felix Bennett invites you to the last literary party of the century
Saturday 18 December 1999
EVERY READER has wondered how Jane Austen would bond with Barbara Cartland, should they happen to rub shoulders at the Groucho Club.
And if 35 literary luminaries of the 20th century, alive or dead, got together in some Parnassian drawing room for a final millennium party, how would they get on?
Would Virginia Woolf find Alan Bennett her cup of tea? What would Enid Blyton make of Irvine Welsh? Would Sylvia (Plath) and Bridget (Jones) get slightly sloshed on Chardonnay? Would all the scribes with beards congregate in one corner?
And how would you keep Charles Bukowski and William Faulkner from trashing the bar?
Cartoonist Felix Bennett draws you into the last literary knees-up of the century.
A KEY TO THE GUESTS
1/ James Joyce
2/ George Bernard Shaw
3/ Raymond Carver
4/ Salman Rushdie
5/ Charles Bukowski
6/ Graham Greene
7/ Virginia Woolf
8/ Vladimir Nabokov (and friend)
9/ Joseph Conrad
10/ William S Burroughs
11/ Albert Camus
12/ Georges Perec
13/ Sylvia Plath
14/ Alan Bennett
15/ Franz Kafka
16/ William Faulkner
17/ Agatha Christie
18/ Umberto Eco
19/ Chinua Achebe
20/ Georgette Heyer
21/ Enid Blyton
22/ Beryl Bainbridge
23/ Barbara Cartland
24/ George Orwell
25/ Martin Amis
26/ Kingsley Amis
27/ William Golding
28/ Norman Mailer
29/ Ernest Hemingway
30/ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
31/ Daphne du Maurier
32/ Boris Pasternak
33/ Anna Akhmatova
34/ Truman Capote
35/ "Bridget Jones"
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