Traces the life of the British writer, famous for his works concerning Spanish history and culture
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Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy has interviewed in depth Kinsey's remaining family, close colleagues, friends and lovers. He reveals, in this subtle, often witty and penetrating study, whole new aspects of this complex, heroic, obsessive and ultimately sympathetic man.From Kirkus Reviews:
In his 92 years, Brenan (1894-1987), an English writer who lived mostly Spain, produced poetry, novels, essays, reviews, histories of Spain and its literature, memoirs, and myriad letters revealing how famous he was in Spain and among his friends. These latter included Gathorne-Hardy (The Old School Tie, 1978, etc.), who now offers a monumental biography about trivial events in the life of, when all's said and done, a marginal writer. Gathorne-Hardy seems obsessed with two major themes here-- money and sex--although there appears to have been little of either in Brenan's life. Claiming poverty, Brenan lived the carefree existence of an expatriate writer; sexually, he was inclined toward voyeurism. His passion for Dora Carrington, which tangentially connected him to the Bloomsbury group, was inhibited by her marriage to Ralph Partridge. Brenan married his wife, Gamel, after she extricated herself from a m‚nage ... trois and adopted the writer's daughter by a 15-year-old Spanish peasant. Brenan spent his later years with Lynda Nicholson (50 years his junior) and, eventually, with her Swedish lover. With all this romantically oriented detail, Gathorne-Hardy seems more intent on setting the sexual record straight than on explaining why Brenan or the women in his life matter to anyone except the Spanish, who--in a ludicrous misunderstanding that had them believing that the writer, then 91, was the prisoner of Andalusian kidnappers--rescued him from an English nursing home and honored him with a pension, shelter, and care in Spain until his death. Gathorne-Hardy compares Brenan to Toqueville, Byron, Coleridge, even Boswell. But while Brenan seems a decent enough man, with a literary aura (he met Bertrand Russell, the Woolfs, the Powyses, the Pritchetts, even Hemingway), he was no Byron--and, in any case, he explained what needs knowing about his life in his own memoirs, pointedly titled A Life of One's Own (1962). (Photographs) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Descripción W W Norton & Co Inc, 1993. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Hardcover and dust jacket. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. "A masterpiece which delights from first page to last". (TLS). "Very clever, very funny and very bold". (Victoria Glendinning, Times). Born in 1894 to a well-off military family, Gerard Brenan was expected to follow the family tradition. But at Radley school he discovered a love of books and an urge to break the mould, which led him to abscond to Europe for six months. After the First World War he went to Spain, where he found the inspiration for his life's work (and began an affair with Dora Carrington). Come the 1930s his life changed again, with marriage and the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, which inspired his masterpiece The Spanish Labyrinth (1943). Drawing on long personal acquaintance as well as a wealth of unpublished correspondence, Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy looks unflinchingly at the whole of this remarkable man of letters - from his venturesome spirit to his troublesome sexuality to his literary accomplishment. "By no means unworthy to stand beside P N Furbank's Forster, Michael Holroyd's Strachey or Quentin Bell's Woolf.Affectionate but acerbic, learned but witty, elegant but relaxed, [Gathorne-Hardy] entertains as consistently as he informs". (Independent on Sunday). Nº de ref. de la librería 1604240009
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