The Fatal Englishman: Three Short Lives
Random House, 26 jan. 2010 - 352 pagina's
Christopher Wood, a beautiful young Englishman, decided to be the greatest painter the world had seen. He went to Paris in 1921. By day he studied, by night he attended the parties of the beau monde. He knew Picasso, worked for Diaghilev and was a friend of Cocteau. In the last months of his 29-year life, he fought a ravening opium addiction to succeed in claiming a place in history of English painting.
Richard Hilary, confident, handsome and unprincipled, flew Spitfires in the Battle of Britain before being shot down and horribly burned. He underwent several operations by the legendary plastic surgeon, A H McIndoe. His account of his experiences, The Last Enemy, made him famous, but not happy. He begged to be allowed to return to flying, and died mysteriously in a night training operation, aged 23.
Jeremy Wolfenden was born in 1936, the son of Jack, later Lord Wolfenden. Charming, generous and witty, he was the cleverest Englishman of his generation, but left All Souls to become a hack reporter. At the height of the Cold War, he was sent to Moscow where his louche private life made him the plaything of the intelligence services. A terrifying sequence of events ended in Washington where he died at the age of 31.
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LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - ivanfranko - LibraryThing
Three short biographies of three men who died young. One, a painter who risked everything to be the best British artist in the early 20th Century, ended delusional, drug dependent and sick with worry ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - AdrianChatfield - LibraryThing
Fascinating book about three men who in their different ways seem to court death. Slightly too much detail for me, but brilliantly researched. I was especially struck by the destructive character of ... Volledige review lezen