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Maurice Bowra: A Life

ISBN : 9780199589333

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¥5,929
Author: 
Leslie Mitchell
Pages
400 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
156 x 233 mm
Pub date
Nov 2010
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Maurice Bowra was, according to one's point of view, either the most distinguished or the most notorious Oxford don of the early twentieth century. Classicist, poet, wit, raconteur extraordinary, and Warden of Wadham College for over thirty years, he met nearly everyone of consequence in the worlds of literature and politics and had stories to tell about them all, from Jean Cocteau to Virginia Woolf, from Adolf Hitler to the Kennedys, from Isaiah Berlin to Charlie Chaplin. By force of personality and intellectual range, he influenced the thinking of almost everyone with whom he came into contact. Above all, brought up in Edwardian England, he was able to chart the ways in which the values of his youth were tested by new democratic ideas. His experiences allowed him to develop and employ theories of education that were startling, and which would mould the thinking of a generation of English intellectuals. Based upon a wide range of interviews and previously unpublished manuscript material, this is the first ever biography of Bowra, and covers every aspect of his life, from soldier on the Western Front to Oxford classicist, from celebrated wit to frustrated poet manque.

Index: 

Preface
PART I: FORMATION
1. From China to Cheltenham
2. War: 1914-1918
3. New College: 1919-1922
PART II: FUNDAMENTALS
4. Greece
5. Poetry
6. Sex and Sexuality
PART III: ACTION
7. Oxford, 1922-1938
8. Bowra and the Wider World, 1922-1939
9. Germany and America
10. Warden of Wadham, 1938-1970
11. Bowra at Large, 1945-1970
PART IV: REFLECTION
12. The 1960s
13. Heaven or Hell
Endnotes
Select Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Leslie Mitchell was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, and was for many years a fellow of University College. He is a specialist on the history of England and France in the eighteenth century and has written a number of acclaimed biographies, including lives of Charles James Fox, Lord Melbourne, and Bulwer Lytton.

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