Sydney Schiff.
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Sydney Schiff


Sydney Schiff (1868–1944), British novelist and translator, patron of the arts and friend of Wyndham Lewis, John Middleton Murry, Marcel Proust, Osbert Sitwell, published fiction under the name Stephen Hudson. Works include Richard, Myrtle and I (1926); and he translated Proust’s Time Regained (1931). In 1911 he married Violet Beddington (1874–1962), sister of the novelist Ada Leverson (Oscar Wilde’s ‘Sphinx’). See Aldous Huxley, Exhumations: correspondence inedite avec Sydney Schiff, 1925–1937, ed. Robert Clémentine (Paris, 1976); Richard Davenport-Hines, A Night at the Majestic: Proust and the Great Modernist Dinner Party of 1922 (2006); and Stephen Klaidman, Sydney and Violet: Their life with T. S. Eliot, Proust, Joyce, and the excruciatingly irascible Wyndham Lewis (2013).