Charmian Clift, novelist and essayist, once scrawled on the back of a manuscript, 'She also has a life in the vertical position.' Given what we know now about Clift's turbulent career it seems a rather desperate self-reference, an attempt to assert her literary persona. Unfortunately, Max Brown's book, in its emphasis on the private life of this couple, tends to put Clift back into horizontal mode.
Review of Charmian and George: The Marriage of George Johnston and Charmian Clift, by Max Brown.
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