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Augustus John
01 Jul 2015 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781784971397

The essential biography of the Welsh post-impressionist painter.

Non Fiction / BGF (Biography)
Extent: 752 pages
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Lytton Strachey
Bernard Shaw
Lytton Strachey By Himself
Basil Street Blues: A Family Story
Mosaic
A Book Of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers
Also by Michael Holroyd
Augustus John: The New BiographyMichael Holroyd

This 1997 revised and updated biography of the celebrated artist, using the mass of new material which has come to light since Holroyd's two-volume first edition in the mid 1970s, reveals the complete story of John and his circle, from one of our great biographers.

John studied at the Slade with his sister Gwen before both of them went to Paris. He lived and worked at feverish speed and his drawings were astonishing for their fluid lyrical line, their vigour and spontaneity. His life became a complex tale of two cities, London and Paris, of two wives and many families. 'The age of Augustus John was dawning,' Virginia Woolf wrote of the year 1908, which saw many portraits of writers and artists and small glowing oil panels of figures in a landscape. His most striking work was done in the years before the First World War and when he died in 1961 his death was treated as a landmark signalling the end of a distant era.

 
Besides the biographies of Augustus John, Bernard Shaw and Lytton Strachey, Michael Holroyd has written two volumes of memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic. He was president of the Royal Society of Literature from 2003 - 2008 and is the only non-fiction writer to have been awarded the British Literature Prize. He lives in London and Somerset with his wife, the novelist Margaret Drabble.

'An entertaining, essentially comic story.. Holroyd tells it with great skill and elegance' Sunday Telegraph

'One of the most entertaining lives ever written... Very funny... thought-provoking' Mail on Sunday

'A wonderfully engrossing, entertaining and even moving book' Daily Telegraph

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