Frances Partridge

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The Independent Online

Your obituary of Frances Partridge [by James Fergusson, 7 February] claims that she "expressed herself unmoved by the fuss over the [Christopher Hampton] film . . . complaining more of Michael Holroyd's biography of Lytton Strachey on which it was based". The opposite is true, writes Michael Holroyd.

As her diaries show, Frances was ever the champion of my biography and reviewed it generously in The Spectator. But she felt anxious over the book's dramatisation, fighting off Ken Russell's proposal to film it, disliking Peter Luke's play Bloomsbury and only at the end accepting Christopher Hampton's Carrington, in which she thought Jonathan Pryce gave an excellent performance as Strachey.

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