Paul Levy is the editor of The Letters of Lytton Strachey. He wrote about Ritz and Escoffier in Out to Lunch.

 (July 2018)

IN THE REVIEW

Ritzy Business

The dining room of the Savoy Hotel, London, circa 1898

Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, the Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class

by Luke Barr
César Ritz (1850–1918) gave his name to some of the world’s most luxurious hotels—in Paris, Madrid, and London—as well as to the ninety-one hotels in the Ritz-Carlton chain and, posthumously, to a cracker. His surname even became an adjective, “ritzy.” The success of his original hotel enterprises owed much to …

The Painter and the Novelist

Vanessa Bell (1879–1961)

an exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, February 8–June 4, 2017

Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion

an exhibition at Two Temple Place, London, January 28–April 23, 2017
The Bloomsbury painter Vanessa Bell, née Stephen, lived most of her life (1879–1961) in the chilly, concealing shade of her younger sister, Virginia Woolf—the last twenty years following Virginia’s suicide in 1941. Though the attention paid to the Bloomsbury Group seems to be waning on both sides of the Atlantic, there is currently a surge of interest in Bell.