Mr. Churchill's Profession: The Statesman as Author and the Book That Defined the "Special Relationship" [NOOK Book]

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In 1953, Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize-for Literature. In fact, Churchill was a professional writer before he was a politician, and published a stream of books and articles over the course of two intertwined careers. Now historian Peter Clarke traces the writing of the magisterial work that occupied Churchill for a quarter century, his four-volume History of the English-Speaking Peoples. As an author, Churchill faced woes familiar to many others-chronically short of funds, late on deadlines, ...
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In 1953, Winston Churchill received the Nobel Prize-for Literature. In fact, Churchill was a professional writer before he was a politician, and published a stream of books and articles over the course of two intertwined careers. Now historian Peter Clarke traces the writing of the magisterial work that occupied Churchill for a quarter century, his four-volume History of the English-Speaking Peoples. As an author, Churchill faced woes familiar to many others-chronically short of funds, late on deadlines, scrambling to sell new projects or cajoling his publishers for more advance money, He signed a contract for the English-Speaking project in 1932, a time when his political career seemed over. The magnum opus was to be delivered in 1939-but in that year, history overtook history-writing. When the Nazis swept across Europe, Churchill was summoned from political exile to become Prime Minister. The English- Speaking Peoples would have to wait. The book would indeed be written and become a bestseller, after Churchill left public life. But even before he took office, the massive project was shaping his worldview, his speeches, and his leadership. In these pages, Peter Clarke follows Churchill's monumental quest to chronicle the English-Speaking Peoples-a quest that helped to define the enduring "special relationship" between Britain and America. In the process, Clarke gives us not just an untold chapter in literary history, but a fresh perspective on this iconic figure: a life of Churchill the author.
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Publishers Weekly
Clarke enhances his distinguished reputation as a scholar of modern Britain (The Last Days of the British Empire) with this original perspective on Winston Churchill. Clarke defines and interprets Churchill in the context of a writing career (paralleling his more familiar roles as statesman and politician) that brought him the Nobel Prize for literature in 1953. Capitalizing on his family connections, encouraged by his American mother, Churchill published two books by the time he was 25. His authorized collected works require 34 volumes. Memoirs, biography, history, and fiction—Churchill essayed them all. Clarke considers Churchill’s defining work not the more familiar History of the Second World War but his four-volume History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Begun in 1938–1939, polished and published n the 1950s, it was conceived and constructed in a political context, to demonstrate a “special relationship” between Britain and the U.S. Looking at the development of the idea of “the English-speaking peoples,” Clarke also demonstrates that the manuscript expressed Churchill’s need to emphasize the link between America and Britain as events advanced toward the outbreak of war. Winston Churchill was a man of action and of oratory; as Clarke underscores, he was also a formidable man of letters. (June)
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"[A] delightful, informative, and worthy addition to the groaning shelf of Churchill biography"—Globe and Mail (Canada)

" "In Mr. Churchill's Profession, an account of his career as an author, Peter Clarke argues that writing was not merely Churchill's vocation but the very center of his working life …"—Maya Jasonoff, Wall Street Journal

"Detailing Churchill’s writing aids of whiskey and stenographers as well as his income, Clarke will interest many in Churchill’s authorial career."—Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

"Original, gap-filling, engagingly presented scholarship."Kirkus Reviews

"Clarke enhances his distinguished reputation as a scholar of modern Britain … with this original perspective on Winston Churchill."Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews
A detailed examination of Winston Churchill the author. British historian Clarke (Keynes: The Rise, Fall, and Return of the 20th Century's Most Influential Economist, 2009, etc.) has studied Churchill for decades, but the author has been bothered by a gap in the scholarship concerning the critical evaluation of the statesman's literary interests. Churchill, born to a privileged life, began writing and publishing learned, well-written books while still in his 20s. He expected renown as an author, never anticipating that his apparently washed-up political career would be rejuvenated by World War II. Clarke is most interested in the decades-long gestation of the four-volume A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. The project would have been massive if Churchill had committed to no other ventures, but the difficulty expanded exponentially because he had agreed to write so many other books, partly because of his desire to attract audiences, partly because his spendthrift ways left him almost perpetually in debt. Clarke clearly admires Churchill's talent and persistence as an author, but he is candid about Churchill's periodic bouts of procrastination and outright lies to publishers about the pace of manuscript progress. As Churchill realized he would never finish all of his book projects unaided, he relied on the scholarship of others (both compensated and uncompensated). Clarke provides painstakingly researched accounts of the individuals who might have earned the status of co-author in a world less seduced by famous names. The author's elucidation of Churchill the writer necessarily delves into biographical elements, including the influences of Churchill's glamorous, famous father and mother on the son's writings. Original, gap-filling, engagingly presented scholarship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608194773
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/22/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 17,380
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Peter Clarke was formerly a professor of modern history and Master of Trinity Hall at Cambridge. His many books include Keynes: The Rise, Fall, and Return of the 20th Century's Most Influential Economist, The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire, The Keynesian Revolution in the Making, 1924-1936, and the acclaimed final volume of the Penguin History of Britain, Hope and Glory, Britain 1900-2000.
Peter Clarke was formerly a professor of modern history and Master of Trinity Hall at Cambridge. His many books include Keynes: The Twentieth Century's Most Influential Economist, The Last Thousand Days of the British Empire, The Keynesian Revolution in the Making, 1924-1936 and the acclaimed final volume of the Penguin History of Britain, Hope and Glory, Britain 1900-2000. He lives with his wife, the Canadian writer Maria Tippett, in Cambridge, England, and Pender Island, British Columbia.
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Table of Contents

Prologue ix

Part I The Two Careers of Winston S. Churchill

1 Father's Boy: Heritage, 1874-97 3

2 Mother's Boy: The Author of his Fortune, 1898-1921 34

Part II The Author of his Reputation

Entr'acte 73

3 The English-Speaking Peoples Before Churchill 81

4 One Author, Two Contracts, 1922-32 116

5 The Struggle on Two Fronts, 1933-38 152

6 The Historian as Prophet, 1938-39 195

7 The Author of Victory, 1940-45 232

8 The Author as Celebrity, 1945-65 268

Epilogue 290

Appendix: Churchill and the British Tax System 297

Notes 301

Bibliography 317

Acknowledgements 333

Index 337

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    Posted July 17, 2012

    A must for all CHurchillians

    Splendid read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2014

    An addition to the many books about him

    However is rather late for most people do not know or care and have never read anything he wrote. Ony know his mother was one of the wealthy anerican heiress who married into the english upper class and in his later years drank a grate deal of brandy.

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