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Rupert Brooke
06 Nov 2014 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781781857151

A candid, sometimes shocking, biography of Rupert Brooke reveals that the very different reality behind the golden-boy facade of this English literary icon.

Non Fiction / BGL (Biography)
Extent: 624 pages
Illustrations: 16pp b&w photos
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Rupert Brooke: Life, Death and MythNigel Jones

Paragon of youthful beauty, romantic symbol of a lost England, and precociously gifted poet, Rupert Chawner Brooke died in a hospital ship off the Aegean island of Skyros in April 1915, aged just 27. All England mourned his passing.

But behind the glow of myth lies a darker reality. At the height of his promise a disappointment in love triggered a mental and physical collapse that brought his inner complexities to the surface. Letters reveal a man who was sexually ambivalent, misogynistic, anti-Semitic – and sometimes alarmingly unstable.

This revised edition of Nigel Jones's admired biography, including an account of a previously unknown affair of Brooke's, reveals a more conflicted and troubled individual than the gilded Adonis of English literary myth.

Nigel Jones is an author, a former editor at History Today and BBC history magazines, and has been a TV and radio broadcaster.

'Intelligent, witty and definitive: this is literary biography at its best', Andrew Roberts

'This book is more than another contribution to the Great War centenary ... This is a big book about a short life that has a great deal to say about those who ran the Empire', The Herald

'Poignant and illuminating, this is a fascinating study of the poet, his era, and the creation of a myth', Editor's Choice for the Good Book Guide

'Jones's shocking 1990 biography is updated but is still the myth-buster to beat all myth-busters', Sunday Herald

'This closely observed account of the poet and his privileged milieu is an absorbing read', The Independent

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