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Eminent Edwardians
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  • Published: 15 May 2003
  • ISBN: 9781844130818
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $45.00
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Eminent Edwardians

Four figures who defined their age: Northcliffe, Balfour, Pankhurst, Baden-Powell


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A dazzling study of four figures who flourished in - and defined - the early years of the twentieth century.

In this account of four characters, each of whose importance was global, each of the, in their different ways, 'monsters', Piers Brendon writes wittily, sharply and succinctly - and brilliantly illuminates an age. His cast is as follows: Lord Northcliffe, the creator of modern journalism; Arthur Balfour, at the centre of the British political stage for half a century, and inspirer of the Balfour declaration which changed the face of the Middle East; Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the Suffragettes, whose personal gentility contrasted so oddly with her violent activities; and Baden-Powell, the Boy Scout who never really grew up, but who created a movement that spread to almost every country in the world.
Piers Brendon maintains that the Edwardian era has been obfuscated by huge biographies. With four shafts of superb irony he penetrates the mists.
'Dr Piers Brendon is a courageous and independent man, and this book is notable not only for its own merits, which are considerable, but as a sign of liberation for future biographical writers. The message is this. Biographies have been getting longer, and can, without loss, with positive gain, become shorter... The book leaves one with two hopes. One, that Brendon will write more like it, two, that other biographers witll start examining his model.' C.P. Snow

  • Pub date: 15 May 2003
  • ISBN: 9781844130818
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $45.00
Categories:

About the Author

Piers Brendon

Piers Brendon is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Churchill and Eisenhower, the best-selling Eminent Edwardians; The Windsors; The Dark Valley; The Hawker of Morwenstow; the highly acclaimed The Decline and Fall of the British Empire and, most recently, Eminent Elizabethans. He also writes for television and contributes frequently to the national press. Formerly Keeper of the Churchill Archives Centre, he is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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Praise for Eminent Edwardians

“Dr Piers Brendon is a courageous and independent man, and this book is notable not only for its own merits, which are considerable, but as a sign of liberation for future biographical writers. The message is this. Biographies have been getting longer, and can, without loss, with positive gain, become shorter- The book leaves one with two hopes. One, that Brendon will write more like it, two, that other biographers will start examining his model.'”

C. P. Snow

“Supremely readable and entertaining.”

Robert Blake

“Piers Brendon's brilliant pen portraits of four famous figures of the Edwardian age- Here in sharp focus is all you ever wanted to know about them. Hilarious and sometimes not a little alarming.'”

Robert Morley,, Evening News


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