Estate of Sybille Bedford
Born in Charlottenburg in Germany in March 1911, Sybille von Schoenebeck, after an unusual and insecure childhood, a hectic education and a bohemian youth, found her true voice and became an English writer under the name of Sybille Bedford.
The troubled and tragic times she lived through, and the feeling she had of being a survivor gave her a strong awareness of the hazards of fate. Her endless curiosity about the world, her compassion for her fellow human beings, her bright original views, her wit, her insight, her elegance of spirit and style make her an irreplaceable witness to the twentieth century and give her writing a highly distinctive quality.
Novelist, biographer, essayist and journalist, she was elected a Companion of Literature in 1994 and died in London on 17 February 2006. Her centenary was celebrated in March 2011.