Rupert Brooke: Life, Death and Myth (Hardback)Nigel Jones (author)
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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.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 953 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 51 mm
'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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