Maurice Bowra: A Life

Paperback | December 18, 2010

byLeslie Mitchell

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Maurice Bowra was, according to one's point of view, either the most distinguished or the most notorious Oxford don of the early twentieth century. Classicist, poet, wit, raconteur extraordinary, and Warden of Wadham College for over thirty years, he met nearly everyone of consequence in theworlds of literature and politics and had stories to tell about them all, from Jean Cocteau to Virginia Woolf, from Adolf Hitler to the Kennedys, from Isaiah Berlin to Charlie Chaplin. By force of personality and intellectual range, he influenced the thinking of almost everyone with whom he cameinto contact. Above all, brought up in Edwardian England, he was able to chart the ways in which the values of his youth were tested by new democratic ideas. His experiences allowed him to develop and employ theories of education that were startling, and which would mould the thinking of a generation of Englishintellectuals. Based upon a wide range of interviews and previously unpublished manuscript material, this is the first ever biography of Bowra, and covers every aspect of his life, from soldier on the Western Front to Oxford classicist, from celebrated wit to frustrated poet manque.

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Maurice Bowra was, according to one's point of view, either the most distinguished or the most notorious Oxford don of the early twentieth century. Classicist, poet, wit, raconteur extraordinary, and Warden of Wadham College for over thirty years, he met nearly everyone of consequence in theworlds of literature and politics and had sto...

Leslie Mitchell was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, and was for many years a fellow of University College. He is a specialist on the history of England and France in the eighteenth century and has written a number of acclaimed biographies, including lives of Charles James Fox, Lord Melbourne, and Bulwer Lytton.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pagesPublished:December 18, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019958933X

ISBN - 13:9780199589333

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart I: Formation1. From China to Cheltenham2. War: 1914-19183. New College: 1919-1922Part II: Fundamentals4. Greece5. Poetry6. Sex and SexualityPart III: Action7. Oxford, 1922-19388. Bowra and the Wider World, 1922-19399. Germany and America10. Warden of Wadham, 1938-197011. Bowra at Large, 1945-1970Part IV: Reflection12. The 1960s13. Heaven or HellEndnotesSelect BibliographyIndex

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"...deeply illuminating and carefully researched... Leslie Mitchell's vivid and accomplished study reminds us above all of an old-fashioned faith in the value of a university education as an end in itself" --Mark Bostridge, The Independent 21/02/2009