A Pilgrimage of Passion - the Life of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
London, Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 1979, First Edition. (ISBN: 0297774883). Hard Cover, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Gold title on brown boards which are very clean and unmarked with no wear. Internally there is some light foxing to fore and top edges else very clean, tight and unmarked. xi + 467 pages. 49 illustrations. Genealogical tree to endpapers of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt and of Lady Anne Blunt. Dustjacket has age darkening and is not price clipped. This definitive biography was commissioned by the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, after a ban of 50 years, allowing the use of unpublished papers and other material. Wilfrid Scawen Blunt was a great English eccentric - a writer, poet, diarist, politician, nationalist, rebel, explorer, co-founder of the Crabbet Arabian Stud, sportsman and Sussex squire, who in old age, seemed like a Prince from the Arabian Nights with his Bedouin robes, flashing eyes and flowing beard. His long life was in every sense a 'pilgrimage of passion' : he waged political crusades for the freeing of Egypt, India and Ireland from colonial rule and was the first Englishman to be imprisoned for Ireland; his desert journeys were spiritual quests as much as geographical expeditions; his romantic affairs were as passionate as his politics, before his marriage to Byron's granddaughter, Lady Anne Noel, he roamed the world as a handsome young diplomat and was once the lover of the famous courtesan 'Skittles'. Revered by a younger generation of poets, young enthusiasts for the East - T.E. Lawrence and St. John Philby - regarded him as a prophet, always calling on him before they went abroad, and Winston Churchill repeatedly visited him in his old age. A HEAVY VOLUME OF 1.00 KILO UNPACKED WEIGHT WHICH MAY REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SHIPPING COST 201. Very Good/Very Good.
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Mots-clés: Crabbet Arabian Stud, Skittles, Lady Anne Noel, Byron, Oscar Wilde, Lord Alfred Douglas, English Poets, T.E. Lawrence, St. John Philby, Winston Churchill 0297774883