Evelyn Underhill: With a Memoir of Lucy Menzies by Lumsden Barkway - Margaret CropperLongmans, Green & Co., 1958, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good+ — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with slight loss at the spine ends and corners. Top edges of text block tanned. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.
Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “As a spiritual director of rare understanding, as counsellor to the many who came to her, as the living authority on the Mystics, Evelyn Underhill was a legend in her own lifetime. Few of her readers saw the other side of her life — the happy marriage, the sociable circle of novelists and writers to which she belonged naturally, the eager enjoyment of the world. She had been writing since childhood, and her friends included Maurice Hewlett, Laurence Housman, Mrs. Baillie Reynolds and Arthur Symons; it was at Hewlett’s house that she came to know Sarah Bernhardt. It was as a novelist and a poet that she first revealed the direct honesty of thought and steady insight with which later, under the guidance of von Hügel, she illuminated the Mystical Way for so many readers and pilgrims. With friends of all kinds, she was a faithful correspondent, whether in letters of spiritual advice, or in delicious descriptions of people and places. From an early age, too, she had known as friend and companion Hubert Stuart Moore, whom in 1907 she married, to make the home in Campden Hill Square which became known to so many. Much of the homeliness and the lively humour of her life shines in her writing, as it shone in her speaking. She had a gift for winning the confidence of those who could not Mate religious experience to the institutional Church. She gave such generous measure of the heavenly wisdom that she had gathered in from the Saints and made her own, and such convincing care for souls, such a deep sense of the presence of God, that those who came year after year to the Retreats which she conducted found that she gave them something that no one else could give.”