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Brief Lives By Colin Matthew

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An anthology of portraits of some of the men and women who helped shape British national life in the 20th century, drawn from THE DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY, BRIEF LIVES. Often written by people who knew their subjects personally, the mini-biographies include writers, artists, musicians, scientists, industrialists, politicians and soldiers.

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

Drawn from the archives of "The Dictionary of National Biography", this collection offers nearly 200 sharply drawn profiles of the men and women who have helped shape British national life this century. Full of insight and wit, and often surprisingly frank, these vignettes provide definitive portraits of their subjects by people who knew them personally. Writers, artists, and musicians rub shoulders with scientists, industrialists, politicians, and soldiers in this highly readable celebration of national endeavour and achievement. From Laura Ashley to Evelyn Waugh, Tony Hancock to Bertrand Russell, this volume offers some of the riches of "The Dictionary of National Biography" in a single volume. One of the delights of this entertaining anthology is that many of the mini-biographies are written by people who themselves are prominent in public life and who write from personal knowledge of their subjects. Discover Kingsley Amis on Sir John Betjeman, Stephen Spender on W.H. Auden, Ian Gilmour on R.A. Butler, Richard Ellmann on T.S. Eliot, Alan Bennett on Russell Harty, and David Cecil on Virginia Woolf.

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Includes:. Kingsley Amis on Sir John Betjeman. Michael Kitson on Sir Anthony Blunt. Stephen Spender on W. H. Auden. Ian Gilmour on R. A. Butler. Richard Ellmann on T. S. Eliot. Roy Jenkins on Anthony Crosland. Yehudi Menuhin on Jacqueline du Pre. Alan Bennett on Russell Harty. Donald Trelford on Sir Len Hutton. David Cecil on Virginia Woolf. Philip Ziegler on Wallis Simpson

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