G.M.Trevelyan, as well as being a best-selling historian, was Regius Professor of History and Master of Trinity College Cambridge, Chancellor of the University of Newcastle, he was awarded the Order of Merit and was offered, but refused, the Presidency of the British Academy. This book provides a study of the man and an account of his generation. David Cannadine is the author of "The Pleasures of the Past".
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When G.M. Trevelyan’s un-self-revealing autobiography was published in 1949, he was described by one of his contemporaries as ‘probably the most widely read historian in the world; perhaps in the history of the world’. His famous books on England under Queen Anne, his 'History of England' and his 'English Social History', fired the imaginations of millions all over the world, especially in Britain. ‘ In his power to recreate the past, and to inspire in others the passion to explore it further’, writes David Cannadine, ‘he had no equal in his day, and has had no equal since.’ Cannadine’s spirited study of this fascinating man makes a significant contribution to the political and cultural history of Britain in the ages of Asquith, Baldwin, and Churchill; it is also a subtle threnody for a lost style and a lost way of life.
“A fine book, quite exceptionally well written, as elegant as it is vigorous”
NOEL ANNAN, 'Sunday Telegraph'
“This is no everyday biography, but an impressive exercise in intellectual revisionism.”
ROY FOSTER, 'Independent on Sunday'
“[Cannadine] has succeeded in making the life of a professional historian, dead these 30 years, both readable and relevant to those who know little about the craft or history and care less.”
GODFREY HODGSON, 'Independent'
“The man who brings brio to Clio, Cannadine’s vigorous expository manner means there is no danger of not being able to see the woods from the family trees.”
STEFAN COLLINI, 'Times Literary Supplement'
“Trevelyan deserved, as well as needed, this book and he could hardly have found a champion more eloquent, trenchant, and convincing”
PHILIP ZIEGLER, 'Daily Telegraph'
“David Cannadine’s characteristically spirited and combative study is more than just an intellectual biography: it is a work of piety, advocacy and passion”
JOSE HARRIS, 'London Review of Books'
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002158728
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0002158728