A.L. Rowse was a prolific and opinionated diarist. He counted amongst his close friends and enemies some of the brightest and most influential of his contemporaries. We see here the transformation from shy Cornish prodigy to best-selling author and feted academic, as well as the lasting contradictions in his character - the tender-hearted and sensitive man given to towering rages and lasting vendettas; the painstaking historian; brilliant researcher; and advocate of modernism who became famous as a popular historian.
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"Egoists make the best diarists, provided they write honestly and vividly...these memoirs are wonderfully alive and bleakly moving." -- Daily Mail, March 28, 2003 (by John Casey)
"Monsters are huge fun to read about and this is an extraordinary and rancorous book, sulphuric in its rage." -- Express, April 19, 2003 (by Roger Lewis)
"This is a marvellously revealing portrait of one of the 20th-century most scholarly writers..." -- Good Book Guide, May 1, 2003
"…it is Rowse’s shrill misanthropy that gives these pages much of their energy and makes them so entertaining." -- Evening Standard, April 22, 2003 (by Peter Parker)
Richard Ollard is one of Britain's most distinguished C17th historians and book editors. He and Norman Lewis were jointly awarded the 1998 Heywood Hill Prize. His biography of Rowse, A Man of Contradictions, was published in 1999.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2004. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11014100410X