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Rupert Brooke
Rupert Brooke: Life, Death and Myth by Nigel 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.

Head of Zeus * Biography
06 Nov 2014 * 624pp * £6.99 * 9781781857151
'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
Nigel Jones
Nigel Jones
Nigel Jones is an author, a former editor at History Today and BBC history magazines, and has been a TV and radio broadcaster.
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