G.M.Trevelyan: A Life in History (Penguin popular classics)

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George Macaulay Trevelyan (1876-1962) is a name scarcely familiar in most twentieth-century households. Yet during the first half of this century he was the most famous, honored, influential, and widely read historian of his generation. In this compelling volume David Cannadine preserves the memory of this powerful figure in a thoroughly researched biography that draws from a wealth of Trevelyan's own writings and the recollections of those who knew him.

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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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