A classic of literary biography.
Lord David Cecil (1902-1986) was a British biographer, academic and historian. He read Modern History at Oxford University where he later became a Fellow. He published his first book, a biography of the poet William Cowper, The Stricken Deer, in 1929; it went on to win the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Hawthornden Prize, and launched a brilliant literary career. Cecil went on to publish biographies of many other literary figures, including Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and Shakespeare. He died in 1986.
The most convincing analysis that can ever have been applied to an
historical personage . . .
Brilliant, beautiful, utterly absorbing.
*New York Times Book Review*
To convey to subsequent generations the charm of a famous figure of the past is one of the most intractable of all literary operations; Lord David has managed this task with skill. The central portrait is a superb work of art.