Literary Lives: Intimate Biographies of the Famous by the Famouse

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John Sutherland, famed for his breadth of literary knowledge and insight, has selected approximately one hundred biographies from the Dictionary of National Biography to create this lively and entertaining anthology of some of the most prominent figures in twentieth-century, British literature. He also has written a comprehensive introduction, pleasurable to read in its own right, that outlines the reasons behind the choices he has made.
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On previous edition: "Designed to entertain as well as to inform and reminds one of Noel Coward's film, Cavalcade: we sit down, turn the pages, and watch the British twentieth century roll by before us"--Contemporary Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198604068
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/1/1902
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

John Sutherland is Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. He has edited a number of World's Classics, including works by Anthony Trollope, Wilkie Collins, and Thackeray. He has written and edited a number of other works. He also writes a regular column for the Guardian and reviews for a number of journals as well as on the radio.

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Table of Contents

Abercrombie, Lascelles (1881-1938) 1
Ackerley, Joe Randolph (1896-1967) 3
Aldington, Edward Godfree ('Richard') (1892-1962) 5
Allingham, Margery Louise (1904-1966) 9
Ardizzone, Edward Jeffery Irving (1900-1979) 11
Arlen, Michael (1895-1956) 14
Auden, Wystan Hugh (1907-1973) 15
Beerbohm, Sir Henry Maximilian (Max) (1872-1956) 22
Beith, John Hay (Ian Hay) (1876-1952) 24
Benson, Edward Frederic (1867-1940) 27
Betjeman, Sir John (1906-1984) 29
Blair, Eric Arthur (George Orwell) (1903-1950) 33
Blyton, Enid Mary (1897-1968) 34
Bowen, Elizabeth Dorothea Cole (1899-1973) 38
Bridges, Robert Seymour (1844-1930) 40
Brittain, Vera Mary (1893-1970) 47
Buchan, John (Lord Tweedsmuir) (1875-1940) 50
Campbell, (Ignatius) Royston Dunnachie (Roy Campbell) (1901-1957) 55
Cary, Arthur Joyce Lunel (1888-1957) 59
Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (1874-1936) 63
Childers, Robert Erskine (1870-1922) 69
Christie, Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa (1890-1976) 73
Connolly, Cyril Vernon (1903-1974) 76
Coward, Sir Noel Peirce (1899-1973) 79
Cronin, Archibald Joseph (1896-1981) 84
Crowley, Edward Alexander ('Aleister') (1875-1947) 86
Dashwood, Edmee Elizabeth Monica (E. M. Delafield) (1890-1943) 88
Day-Lewis, Cecil (1904-1972) 90
de la Mare, Walter John (1873-1956) 93
Douglas, Keith Castellain (1920-1944) 96
Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan (1859-1930) 98
Eliot, Thomas Stearns (1888-1965) 101
Farnol, (John) Jeffery (1878-1952) 108
Farrell, James Gordon (1935-1979) 110
Firbank, (Arthur Annesley) Ronald (1886-1926) 112
Fleming, Ian Lancaster (1908-1964) 113
Forester, Cecil Scott (1899-1966) 116
Frankau, Gilbert (1884-1952) 119
Garnett, David (1892-1981) 121
Glyn, Elinor (1864-1943) 124
Granville-Barker, Harley Graville (1877-1946) 126
Graves, Robert Ranke (1895-1985) 131
Grieve, Christopher Murray (Hugh MacDiarmid) (1892-1978) 134
Grigson, Geoffrey Edward Harvey (1905-1985) 136
Gurney, Ivor Bertie (1890-1937) 138
Hamilton, Charles Harold St. John (Frank Richards) (1876-1961) 140
Hardy, Thomas (1840-1928) 142
Harris, John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon (John Wyndham) (1903-1969) 151
Heyer, Georgette (1902-1974) 154
Hichens, Robert Smythe (1864-1950) 156
Holtby, Winfred (1898-1935) 157
Housman, Alfred Edward (1859-1936) 159
Huxley, Aldous Leonard (1894-1963) 166
Jacobs, William Wymark (1863-1943) 170
James, Henry (1843-1916) 173
Jerome, Jerome Klapka (1859-1927) 179
Johns, William Earl (1893-1968) 181
Johnson, Pamela Hansford (1912-1981) 183
Jones, David (1895-1974) 185
Joyce, James Augustine (1882-1941) 188
Keyes, Sidney Arthur Kilworth (1922-1943) 191
Koestler, Arthur (1905-1983) 193
Larkin, Philip Arthur (1922-1985) 196
Lawrence, David Herbert (1885-1930) 198
Leavis, Frank Raymond (1895-1978) 203
Lloyd, Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn (Richard Llewellyn) (1906-1983) 207
Lowry, Clarence Malcolm (1909-1957) 209
Lubbock, Percy (1879-1965) 211
Machen, Arthur Llewelyn Jones- (1863-1947) 214
MacKintosh, Elizabeth (Josephine Tey/Gordon Daviot) (1896-1952) 216
MacNeice (Frederick) Louis (1907-1963) 217
Mannin, Ethel Edith (1900-1984) 223
Masefield, John Edward (1878-1967) 226
Mew, Charlotte Mary (1869-1928) 229
Milne, Alan Alexander (1882-1956) 230
Mitford, Nancy Freeman- (1904-1973) 231
Moore, George Augustus (1852-1933) 235
Morgan, Charles Langbridge (1894-1958) 239
Muir, Edwin (1887-1959) 242
Murry, John Middleton (1889-1957) 244
Murry, Kathleen (Katherine Mansfield) (1888-1923) 246
Naipaul, Shivadhar Srinivasa (Shiva) (1945-1985) 248
Norway, Nevil Shute (Nevil Shute) (1899-1960) 251
O'Casey, Sean (1880-1964) 253
Orczy, Emma Magdalena Rosalia Marie Josepha Barbara (1865-1947) 256
Orton, John Kingsley (Joe) (1933-1967) 258
Peake, Mervyn Laurence (1911-1968) 260
Plath, Sylvia (1932-1963) 263
Plomer, William Charles Franklyn (1903-1973) 265
Potter, (Helen) Beatrix (1866-1943) 267
Powys, John Cowper (1872-1963) 269
Priestley, John Boynton (1894-1984) 272
Pym, Barbara Mary Crampton (1913-1980) 276
Quiller-Couch, Sir Arthur Thomas ('Q') (1863-1944) 278
Radclyffe-Hall, Marguerite Antonia (1880-1943) 280
Ransome, Arthur Michell (1884-1967) 282
Rattigan, Sir Terence Mervyn (1911-1977) 285
Read, Sir Herbert Edward (1893-1968) 287
Richardson, Dorothy Miller (1873-1957) 290
Sackville-West, Victoria Mary (1892-1962) 292
Sadleir, Michael Thomas Harvey (1888-1957) 295
Sassoon, Siegfried Loraine (1886-1967) 297
Savage, Ethel Mary (Miss Ethel M. Dell) (1881-1939) 300
Sayers, Dorothy Leigh (1893-1957) 301
Scott, Paul Mark (1920-1978) 304
Snow, Charles Percy (1905-1980) 307
Strachey, (Giles) Lytton (1880-1932) 310
Thomas, Dylan Marlais (1914-1953) 312
Thompson, Flora Jane (1876-1947) 315
Tomlinson, Henry Major (1873-1958) 316
Tynan, Kenneth Peacock (1927-1980) 318
Waley, Arthur David (1889-1966) 321
Wallace, (Richard Horatio) Edgar (1875-1932) 325
Warner, Sylvia Townsend (1893-1978) 326
Waugh, Evelyn Arthur St. John (1903-1966) 328
Welch, (Maurice) Denton (1915-1948) 335
Wells, Herbert George (1866-1946) 336
West, Dame Rebecca (1892-1983) 345
White, Terence Hanbury (1906-1964) 348
Williams, Charles Walter Stansby (1886-1945) 350
Williamson, Henry (1895-1977) 351
Wodehouse, Sir Pelham Grenville (1881-1975) 353
Woolf, (Adeline) Virginia (1882-1941) 357
Yeats, William Butler (1895-1939) 359
Yorke, Henry Vincent (Henry Green) (1905-1973) 366
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