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Letters from Oxford
     

Letters from Oxford

by Orion Publishing Group, Richard Davenport-Hines (Editor)
 
Superbly readable and revealing letters, full of malice and gossip, from a master historian

When they met in 1947 Trevor-Roper, a young historian at Christ Church, Oxford, was 33. Berenson, the world-famous art critic, was 82, frail but still intensely curious about the world. Trevor Roper promised to write to him and his letters continued until Berenson's

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Superbly readable and revealing letters, full of malice and gossip, from a master historian

When they met in 1947 Trevor-Roper, a young historian at Christ Church, Oxford, was 33. Berenson, the world-famous art critic, was 82, frail but still intensely curious about the world. Trevor Roper promised to write to him and his letters continued until Berenson's death in in 1959. Elegantly constructed, beautifully and precisely written, they are shot through with high-octane malice, sharp judgements and blistering comments, and many wonderfully funny episodes.

Trevor-Roper was an intellectual heavyweight, but subjects range widely: several brilliant set-pieces on Oxford college elections, books, journalism, publishing, politics (postwar Europe, ex-Nazis and collaborators, the Cold War, Suez, etc), history and history-writing, personal life (including marriage to Earl Haig's daughter Alexandra after her messy divorce), travel, gossip, and so on.

He has a memorable journey on a pilgrims' bus in Persia, goes behind the Iron Curtain to meet Communist dignitaries and speeds in his glamorous grey Bentley to visit duchesses in the Scottish borders. Figures in the letters include Evelyn Waugh, Isaiah Berlin, A.L. Rowse, Anthony Eden, Gerald Brenan, A.J.P.Taylor, Arnold Toynbee, Dimitri Shostakovitch, C.S. Lewis and Harold Macmillan.

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A delightful combination of high-mindedness and gossip—Katie Owen

One of the fortunate by-products of the publication of these letters is that they remind us of what a brilliant, witty and learned writer Trevor-Roper could be ... These letters offer sheer, unadulterated pleasure—Independent on Sunday

One of the finest letter writers of the twentieth century—Literary Review

It is years since I have laughed so much with an author. The letters contain masterpieces of wit and irony—Financial Times

In October 1956, Bernard Berensen described Hugh Trevor-Roper in his diary ... and concluded: "A fascinating letter-writer, indeed an epistolary artist, brilliant reviewer of all sorts of books, very serious historian and formidable polemicist." On the evidence of Letters From Oxford, it would be hard to disagree with any single point—Country Life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780753822050
Publisher:
Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date:
10/01/2007
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Hugh Trevor-Roper was born in 1914. He worked in the Secret Intelligence Service 1939-45. In 1945 he was sent to investigate the evidence for Hitler's death and in 1947 published his most famous book, THE LAST DAYS OF HITLER. He taught history at Christ Church from 1946 until 1957 when Harold Macmillan appointed him Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford. He became Lord Dacre of Glanton in 1979 and died in January 2003.

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