John Buchan: A Memoir.
Toronto, Griffin House. 1982. (ISBN: 887601081) Hard Cover with dust jacket. 272 pp, large 8vo (9 1/4" H). B&w photographs. "John Buchan was a man of remarkably diverse achievements: writer, lawyer, politician, soldier, scholar and, finally, Governor-General of Canada. He was the friend of Roosevelt and of George V, of Henry James and T.E. Lawrence; indeed, there was scarcely a prominent figure of the twenties and thirties whom he did not know. His contemporaries are among the most successful men of their day; his novels, still widely read, dominated the market between the wars; his histories and biographies are much admired; his achievements in public office demonstrate a gift for government and a visionary wisdom. Yet through all his work there runs a thread spun of the simple beliefs by which he stood - courage, truth, loyalty, honour, compassion. Such a creed made him kindly, gentle and much loved; his untimely death provoked an enviable outburst of sorrow and sense of loss. To his publ ic, however, and to succeeding generations, he is an enigma, often mistakenly accused of attitudes he never held. This book, by his son, shows John Buchan as he appeared to his family and close friends, an appealing and intimate portrait of a man whose fame rests - perhaps wrongly - on his skill as a novelist. Drawn from the author's own memories, and from privileged and unpublished sources, this is an elegant study of the private face behind the public mask, in the light of an extraordinary career." Tiny soiling speck on top edge of rear board. Dust jacket has minor edge wrinking, a few tiny specks of soiling on inside, very slight fading to spine colour. Very Good+/Very Good+.
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Keywords: Peebles, Oxford, Politics, Governor-General, British Authors, Tweedsmuir, Broughton, Peebleshire, Alfred Milner, Richard Hannay, Thirty-Nine Steps, Novelists, Biographers, Historians, Family Life, Ottawa, Rideau Hall, Fairfax-Lucy, Janet Adam Smith. 88760