James Lees-Milne: The Life

James Lees-Milne: The Life

by Michael Bloch


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ISBN-13: 9780719560347
Publisher: Murray, John Publishers, Limited
Publication date: 11/01/2009
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Appointed James Lees-Milne's literary executor, Michael Bloch edited the final five volumes of the complete diary and edited and introduced the three abridged volumes.

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James Lees-Milne: The Life 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
devenish on LibraryThing 5 months ago
James Lees-Milne is perhaps best known for his work over many years for the National Trust. During this time he was involved is acquiring many properties and saving them for the nation. He was also the author of a series of marvelous diaries which have been rightly acclaimed as as some of the best of the twentieth century. On the other hand he was well-known for his homosexual affairs,his snobbishness and his often waspish remarks. There are perhaps a few too many quotations from both the diaries and the autobiographical 'Another Self' to an inordinate degree,but this is no doubt inevitable.This biography,written by his friend Michael Bloch,tells of an often unhappy man who nevertheless had a very full life and at one time seemed to know just about everyone who was anyone. A fascinating biography.
ponsonby on LibraryThing 5 months ago
For fans of JLM, difficult to separate one's feelings about the biography as a literary work, and its subject. Bloch is a good writer, with flowing text, and had the advantage (or disadvantage) of being very well acquainted at a personal level with his subject. Despite this, it is not a hagiography, and after all, JLM himself was always ready to admit to his own failings. The biography is at it strongest and most interesting for the years up to the 1940s, where there is more original material; beyond that it is harder to avoid simply retreading the diaries, and Bloch is not totally successful in this. There might, perhaps, have been more assessment and views of others on JLM's work on conservation and its impact. I hope that the National Trust will be broad-minded enough to stock this book about its greatest servant, despite its earlier negativity.