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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 014100410X, Paperback)A.L. Rowse was a prolific and opinionated diarist. He counted amongst his close friends and enemies some of the brightest and most influential of his contemporaries. We see here the transformation from shy Cornish prodigy to best-selling author and feted academic, as well as the lasting contradictions in his character - the tender-hearted and sensitive man given to towering rages and lasting vendettas; the painstaking historian; brilliant researcher; and advocate of modernism who became famous as a popular historian.
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"A. L. Rowse - historian, poet, biographer and autobiographer - was one of the most lively and controversial figures of his age. Michievous, funny and often vituperative, his diaries were the object of much speculation during his lifetime, but could only be published after his death. With their freedom, indiscretion and love of gossip, and for their range, curiosity and instant reaction to people and atmosphere, the diaries now reveal Rowse to be in the Pepys class. This selection from them has been made by his biographer, Richard Ollard, also the biographer of Pepys." "But while Pepys's Diary covers only nine years, Rowse's extends over the greater part of the twentieth century. He was born in 1903 and died in 1997. The son of a poor, virtually illiterate Cornish china-clay worker, he became one of the most prolific authors of his time (still publishing in his nineties) and one of the best-read. Passionately fond of travel in Europe and America, he nevertheless remained rooted in Cornwall. For fifty years a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford (its first working-class entrant), he seized opportunities offered in scholarship, literature, politics, and, above all, in public controversy. To say he met everyone is hardly an exaggeration: Attlee and Churchill, Bertrand Russell and G. M. Trevelyan, T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin and Sir John Betjeman, Agatha Christie and Daphne du Maurier - the diaries are crowded with famous names."--BOOK JACKET.
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