Holland House: A History of London's Most Celebrated Salon
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: I. B. Tauris (April 30, 2013)
Situated in the heart of London's Holland Park are the remains of Holland House - the site of what was once England's most celebrated political salon. In the first thirty years of the nineteenth century - when the Whig party was almost constantly out of office - the home of the third Lord Holland became the unofficial centre of the Opposition. Devoted to the ideals of the prominent Whig statesman Charles James Fox and enriched by the progressive views of a new generation of writers, critics and politicians, the influence of Holland House permeated the political climate. At a time when revolutions threatened to engulf Europe, the Whig tradition of aristocratic liberalism proved to be one of the chief factors in the peaceful achievement of parliamentary reform. Presided over by the beautiful and clever Lady Holland and combining discussion of politics and the arts, the salon attracted the greatest names of the age - Byron, Talleyrand and Madame de StaŽl were all frequent visitors. In this book, Linda Kelly brings to life the colorful world of Holland House.
"A sparkling picture of Whig society in the years running up to the Reform Bill - Linda Kelly captures all the fun as well as the political excitement of the best known salon of the age." Ė Lady Antonia Fraser
About the Author
Linda Kelly's books include Juniper Hall, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and most recently Ireland's Minstrel (I.B.Tauris), a life of the Irish poet, Tom Moore. She has written for The Washington Post, the New York Times, the Times Literary Supplement and numerous other publications, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Wordsworth Trust. She is married to the writer Laurence Kelly, a specialist in Russian history. They have three children and live in London.