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Philip Toynbee (Theodore Philip Toynbee) Biography

(1916–81), (Theodore Philip Toynbee), Tea with Mrs Goodman, Prothalamium, The Garden to the Sea

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British novelist, poet, critic, and diarist, born in Oxford, educated at Christ Church College, Oxford. His early novels reflected his leftist political sympathies, but with Tea with Mrs Goodman (1947; US title Prothalamium) and The Garden to the Sea (1953) his novels became both experimental and psychologically subtle, the latter exploring the collapse of a marriage partly due to the strains of war. Friends Apart: A Memoir of Esmond Romilly and Jasper Ridley in the Thirties (1954) concerns friends who died in the war. Comparing Notes: A Dialogue across a Generation (1963) was written with his father, Arnold Toynbee. Latterly he produced a series of verse novels (in seven parts), entitled ‘Pantaloon’, which includes Pantaloon or the Valediction (1961), Two Brothers (1964), A Learned City (1966), and Views from a Lake (1968); primarily comic in vision, the sequence explores the 191446 period through the shifting memories and perspectives of its old hero, Dick Abberville. Toynbee's journals, Part of a Journey (1981) and End of a Journey (1988), chronicle his return to the Christian faith, and his final meditations on art and life. From 1950 he was a highly influential reviewer for the Observer. See Jessica Mitford, Faces of Philip: A Memoir of Philip Toynbee (1984).

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