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The Eleventh House, The Eleventh House, 0817358900, 0-8173-5890-0, 978-0-8173-5890-7, 9780817358907,

The Eleventh House
Hudson Strode, Introduction by Don Noble

Quality Paper
2016. 336 pp.
Price:  $24.95 s

"Every place I visited," says Hudson Strode, "was like a surprise package to be opened, and I untied the strings with high expectations." Reading The Eleventh House: Memoirs is like going to a party of smartly dressed guests.
Strode starts his foreign travels in Sorrento with Dante's descendant Count Dante Serego-Alighieri as his guide. He takes a Russian cattle boat to Tunisia and lunches with the lovely Countess de Brazza. Then he embarks on a whirlwind tour of South America and writes South by Thunderbird. Later, in England, he visits Rebecca West at her country home and strikes up a warm friendship with Lady Astor. In Denmark his hostess is Isak Dinesen. In Finland he meets Jan Sibelius.
Such are the times of Hudson Strode. With his keen eye for settings, with candor, energy, and curiosity, Strode sees his famous friends closely and wholly. His is a unique account.

The Eleventh House is the story of a rewarding and fascinating life told by a man who remembers it all with affection. He tells it for the record and as great entertainment.

Hudson Strode (1892–1976), renowned author of a three-volume biography of Jefferson Davis, also wrote a number of widely acclaimed books on his world travels, among them Sweden: Model for a World, Ultimates in the Far East: Travels in the Orient and India, Timeless Mexico, and The Story of Bermuda. He enjoyed a distinguished career as a professor of English at the University of Alabama, where he made a lasting mark on generations of students and taught many noteworthy young writers who would go on to achieve national acclaim.

Hudson Strode with F. Scott Fitzgerald: His ideal, he said, was to live the life of a hedonist. He argued that pleasure is the sole or chief good in life and that moral duty is fulfilled in the gratification of pleasure-seeking instincts. “We shall get all the joy out of life we can,” he said. “And then when I reach thirty-five I shall do away with myself. There is no sense in growing old.”

Hudson Strode with Ernest Hemingway: I rose to go, wishing him luck on Winner Take Nothing. “What the artist must do,” he said, “is to capture the thing on the printed page so truly that the magnification will endure. That is the difference between journalism and literature. There is really very little literature.”

Hudson Strode with Isak Dinesen: “Whenever I get out of touch with humanity,” she said with a merry look in her eyes, “I get on my bike and ride in the throng . . . . It makes all men brothers . . . . There is a kind of snobbish class distinction among motorcars, but with bicycles the model counts for nothing, nor the age, nor even the sex.”

Hudson Strode with H. G. Wells: “Strode,” he said in his squeaky voice, “I may never see you again, but I want you to remember carefully the words I want incised on my tombstone: ‘You damn fools, I told you so!’ And with an exclamation mark, please.”

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