Three Short Lives
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Christopher Wood, a beautiful young Englishman, decided to be the greatest painter thw rodl had seen. He went to Paris in 1921. By day he studies, by night he attended the parties of the beau onde. He knew Picasso, worked for Diaghilev and was a friend of Cocteau. In the last months of his 29 year life, he fought a ravening opium addiction to succeed in claiming a place in history of English painting.
Richard Hilary, confident, handsome and unprincipled, flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain before being shot down and horribly burned. He underwent several operations by the legenday plastic surgeon. A H McIndoe. His account of his experience, THE LAST ENEMY, made him famous, but not happy. He begged to be allowed to return to flying, and died mysteriously in a night training operation, aged 23.
Jeremy Wolfenden was born in 1936, the son of Jack, later Lord Wolfenden, Charming. generous and witty, he was the cleverest Englishman of his generation, but left All Souls to become a hack reporter. At the height of the Cold War, he was sent to Moscow swhere his ouche private life made him the plaything of the intelligence services. A terrifying sequence of events ended in Washington where he died at the age of 31.
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