Although receiving some criticism that she was too close a friend to be objective, the work was generally hailed as a thorough and detailed biography and the first real look at Huxley beyond the context of his writing.
Over the years, Bedford established many close relationships with her contemporaries in literature. The Works series primarily contains typescripts and carbon drafts of Bedford's books and articles, including several unpublished works.
Following their examples, and under Aldous Huxley’s influence, she began to seriously pursue literary ambitions.
Her early, unpublished fiction focused on the upper class German and French social life of pre- and post-World War I that she had experienced growing up.
Her parents divorced in 1918 and her mother moved to Italy, but Bedford remained with her father in the southern German village of Feldkirch, where she had been raised since infancy.
Bedford drew on her close friendship with Huxley and his first wife, Maria Nys, to create an exhaustive account of Huxley’s life.Her last work, Correspondence, typescript drafts, handwritten notes, photographs, clippings, drawings, address books, date books, calendars, and diaries document the life and work of Sybille Bedford from the early 1940s through the beginning of the twenty-first century. Typed drafts and publisher's correspondence track the development of the work over time, and fan mail and review clippings provide critique and overview of the finished books.is also well documented with various drafts and proofs of the text.It also provided a seldom seen social historical view of early twentieth century Europe.Bedford continued to examine the themes of her youth in her later works .Her first literary success did not occur until the publication of her non-fiction work (1956).Based on the social and family life of her youth, it was praised for its sophistication, wit, dialogue, and attention to detail.To escape Mussolini’s Fascism, Bedford’s mother and stepfather relocated from Italy to the South of France in the mid 1920s.Moving often as a child between Italy, England, and France, Bedford received little formal education, but could read and write in several languages and experienced a wide exposure to art and “haute culture” during her travels.Correspondence, typescript drafts, handwritten notes, photographs, clippings, drawings, address books, date books, calendars, and diaries document the life and work of Sybille Bedford from the early 1940s through the beginning of the twenty-first century.Sybille Bedford was born in 1911 at Charlottenburg, Germany, to Maximilian von Schoenebeck and Elizabeth Bernard.