Sheldon Vanauken Message Board
Floyd Newman posts on 10/7/2005 7:28:14 PM
This is probably the number one question asked about Vanauken and ASM. Van deliberately kept the location of Glenmerle vague in the book because he intended it to represent timeless, youthful love. In all the years I knew him, he never told me the location of Glenmerle. In fact, if you read the first sentence of the afterword to ASM, you'll see that he did not think highly of curiosity concerning Glenmerle's location. I think we should respect his wishes and let Glenmerle be as he intended. Besides, the essence of Glenmerle is wherever you are, if you are reading Van's books.
Under the Mercy,
Kathleen posts on 10/7/2005 1:56:03 PM
Does anyone have information on where, exactly, Glenmerle was? Also, do you have any further information on Van's parents or brother?
We are reading ASM in book club and I would love to give further family details. He seems not to mention family much or the reason why they lost Glenmerle after his father died.
Pablo posts on 8/10/2005 4:06:58 PM
In the Van's obit. in the Lynchburg paper, it refers to an obit. that he wrote and submitted before his death. Does anyone have that obit? Can you post it? I'd love to read Van's reflection on his life and how he'd want to be remembered.
nathan grills posts on 7/18/2005 10:51:29 AM
Thanks very much. How far up Pusey lane was it after going into lane? On the left or right? When you turn up lane we are 2nd house on left. you could try multimap
and put in our postcode of ox1 2lf
sherree posts on 7/17/2005 2:55:11 PM
Can I have any latest info on Sheldon? Thank you.
Anne posts on 7/5/2005 2:43:38 PM
I no longer have the letter in which Van told me how to find the Studio, but part of the lower walls of the building was still standing in 1986.
From St Giles, walk up Beaumont Street. There is a turning to the right, a narrow alley. Walk up that, and the site of the Studio is on your left - but I haven't looked for it since 1986 and there wasn't much of it left then.
FloydNewman posts on 5/25/2005 7:59:06 PM
Van is probably referring to Lord Lothian, W.S.R. Kerr, Eighth Marquess of Lothian. I would love to leave you with the impression that I knew this on my own, but I really just looked it up in the bibliography of The Glittering Illusion. It's the next to last entry under the letter L.
Under the Mercy,
Bing Chambers posts on 5/25/2005 11:42:28 AM
Please forgive my literary ignorance and my unhesitating willingness to display it, but I am working on a reference volume concerning South Carolina Confederate history and have referred to Glittering Illusion from time to time. I have read quite a bit in this 12-year project, but one of Sheldon's references, noted simply, LOTHIAN, has me puzzled. Would you please enlighten me as to who or what this refers...without snickering? The Web had only 1.5 million responses, so I thought I would give you a go first. Thanks very much for your time.
Nathan Grills posts on 5/9/2005 6:26:42 PM
i loved Sheldon's book and i have just moved to oxford with my wife and we are living in Pusey lane. From the directions given in a severe mercy ...St udios is near ou house. I wonder if anyone had information about the exact location of the St Udios in Pusey Lane.
Joan posts on 4/17/2005 8:32:26 AM
My husband came upon a hard bound copy (Davy's Edition) about 15 years ago. It is in beautiful condition. We seldom read the same book, but this is one we both cherish.
At a party last night, we recalled the book to friends, and this morning we brought it up from the basement (still in perfect condition) and I have started reading it again.
P.S. We live in a small house and never seem to have enough room for all the books we have kept over the years.
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