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Only by Failure: The Many Faces of the Impossible Life of Terence Gray (Wei Wu Wei).

Paul Cornwell.

Published by Salt Publishing, Cambridge, UK, 2004
ISBN 10: 1844710041 / ISBN 13: 9781844710041
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Title: Only by Failure: The Many Faces of the ...

Publisher: Salt Publishing, Cambridge, UK

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Paperback

Edition: 1st Edition


First Edition Thus [2004]; First Printing indicated. Very Near Fine in Wraps: shows only the most minute indications of use: just a hint of rubbing. The binding leans ever so slightly, while remaining perfectly secure; else flawless; the text is clean. Very close to 'As New'. NOT a Remainder, Book-Club, or Ex-Library. 8vo. xxviii, 419 pages. Salt Modern Lives. Paperback: Pictorial Wraps. First Edition Thus [2004]; First Printing indicated. Bookseller Inventory # 46195

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Synopsis: Only By Failure is a biography of Terence Gray. He was an Irish aristocrat who in the Twenties became an Egyptologist and historian, writing books of short plays based on Ancient Egypt and the early history of Ireland. He co-founded the Cambridge Festival Theatre in 1926 and followed the inspiration of Gordon Craig. Actors there included Maurice Evans, Robert Donat, Flora Robson and Jessica Tandy. Ninette de Valois (Gray's cousin) began her career there. In 1933 Gray's interest in the theatre ended and he moved to France, to become Wei Wu Wei and he wrote eight books in his own style of Zen Buddhism.

About the Author: Paul Cornwell taught in primary education for almost forty years. His book Creative Playmaking in the Primary School was published by Chatto and Windus in 1970 and he wrote a chapter for Drama in Education 2 (Pitman, 1973). Articles on English teaching and reviews have appeared in The Use of English, Language for Learning (Exeter), Pirandello Studies and Teachers World. A recent book on Britten and the Cambridge Connection is in the Britten-Pears Library. Educated at the Perse School, Cambridge, he has a Diploma (Cambridge) and M.Ed (Leicester).

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