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  • 'A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families' by Michael Holroyd

    'A Strange Eventful History: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving, and Their Remarkable Families' by Michael Holroyd
    When Michael Holroyd takes on a subject, you know his sweep will be wide. This is not to say that he forfeits depth -- far from it -- but rather that he puts things in the fullest possible context. His groundbreaking biography of Lytton Strachey more than 40 years ago not only established him as a first-rate practitioner of the art but also blew the lid off the Bloomsbury group with his revelations of their hitherto discreetly covered-up antics. Indeed, he is both forefather and godfather to the hundreds of works exploring the lives, loves and libidos of that fascinating crowd.
  • Beauty abounds at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England

    Beauty abounds at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent, England
    "Everybody knows Kent," Charles Dickens wrote in "The Pickwick Papers," "apples, cherries, hops and women." Almost 175 years after publication of "Papers," Kent, just 50 miles south of London, is still known as the garden of England and the larder of...

    Planning your trip to Sissinghurst Garden Castle

    THE BEST WAY TO SISSINGHURST From LAX, British, Air New Zealand, American, United and Virgin Atlantic offer nonstop service, and Continental and US Airways offer connecting service (change of planes). Restricted round-trip fares begin at $731. Take the...

    Discoveries

    Discoveries
    Embroidered Ground Revisiting the Garden Page Dickey Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 250 pp., $25 Bookish gardeners know well (even in sunny Southern California) the delights of the winter doldrums. In rain and snow they diligently read their way through...

    Remarkable Person: Arlene K. Hoffman

    Remarkable Person: Arlene K. Hoffman
    Arlene K. Hoffman was a "Mad Woman" in the twilight of the "Mad Men" era, rising in just six years to head her own agency. Some of the ad campaigns she spearheaded became cultural touchstones: the Dannon commercial starring 100-year-old Russians; the...