The Boasting Party

Smith, Logan Pearsall

Boasting was a sport of essayist and critic Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946) who enjoyed a good 'vaunting and humiliation'.

The minutes of the Chelsea Boasting Party, held at St. Leonard's Terrace, March 8th, 1934 recorded twenty-eight boasts by six of Smith's guests, published in 2004 as a slim notebook.

Mr R.G.H. boasted he had given ring-worm to the present Archbishop of Canterbury, and that his mother was the adopted daughter of the Queen of the Cook Islands, and had an orchid named after her. Miss R.M. boasted she once swallowed 59 cherry-stones one after another.

But it was Mrs A.W. (later revealed to be writer Antonia White), who eclipsed them all with her winning boasts, including, 'Although the mother of two daughters, she had a certificate of her virginity signed by Pope Pius XI, for which she paid £80'.



Enquire about this book
Publisher: G. Heywood Hill 2004
Printed wrappers, stapled. Faint sunning to perimeter, else fine.

Other books in this category

Portrait Of A Marriage by Nicolson, Nigel $35.00

Portrait Of A Marriage

1973

Nicolson, Nigel

The Climate Of Treason by Boyle, Andrew $35.00

The Climate Of Treason

1979

Boyle, Andrew

Our Friend James Joyce by Colum, Mary and Padraic $40.00

Our Friend James Joyce

1959

Colum, Mary and Padraic

Churchill In Parliament by Bardens, Dennis $35.00

Churchill In Parliament

1967

Bardens, Dennis

Lana by Turner, Lana $35.00

Lana

1983

Turner, Lana

Richard Aldington and H.D. by Aldington, Richard and Hilda Dolittle $35.00

Richard Aldington and H.D.

1995

Aldington, Richard and Hilda Dolittle

Christina Stead by Rowley, Hazel $35.00

Christina Stead

1993

Rowley, Hazel

The Road To Khartoum by Trench, Charles Chenevix $30.00

The Road To Khartoum

1987

Trench, Charles Chenevix

Leopold I of Austria by Spielman, John P $35.00

Leopold I of Austria

1977

Spielman, John P

Evelyn Waugh by Stannard, Martin $85.00

Evelyn Waugh

1986

Stannard, Martin