Brief Lives

Brief Lives : Twentieth-century Pen Portraits from the "Dictionary of National Biography"

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Drawn from the archives of "The Dictionary of National Biography" and collected here in a single volume, "Brief Lives" consists of 150 sharply drawn profiles of the men and women who have helped shape British national life in the 20th century. From Harry Lauder to Jacqueline du Pre, W.H. Auden to the Duchess of Windsor, these profiles combine insight with prose, anecdote with private information. Discover Kingley Amis on Sir John Betjeman; Michael Kitson on Sir Anthony Blunt; Stephen Spender on W.H. Auden; Richard Ellmann on T.S. Eliot; Yehudi Menuhin on Jacqueline du Pre; Alan Bennett on Russell Harty; Donald Trelfold on Sir Len Hutton; and David Cecil on Virginia more

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  • Paperback | 620 pages
  • 130 x 190 x 36mm | 439.98g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192800892
  • 9780192800893

About Colin Matthew

H. C. G. Matthew is Professor of Modern History in the University of Oxford. Since 1992 he has been editing the New Dictionary of National Biography which will replace the present one. His writings on Gladstone, now brought together in Gladstone 1809-1898 (1997), won the 1995 Wolfson Prize for more

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Drawn from the archives of the Dictionary of National Biography, this is a collection of short, frank and often witty profiles of writers, scientists, politicians, and other figures in 20th-century British life, many written by people who are well known themselves. Highlights include Kingsley Amis on John Betjeman and Spike Milligan on Peter Sellers. (Kirkus UK)show more

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