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The February House, by Sherill Tippins, Scribner, €21.90.

29th October, 2005

The February House, by Sherill Tippins, Scribner, €21.90.

Imagine a house in which some of the greatest contemporary American and British writers and musicians all lived for one year, while around them the world was encased in the thick fog of war.

In 1940-41, that house was on Middagh Street in Brooklyn. It was the home of WH Auden, Benjamin Britten, Carson McCullers, Peter Pears, Golo Mann and Paul and Jane Bowles, the soon-to-be writer...

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