Maurice Bowra by Leslie Mitchell
A Life

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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 the worlds 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 came into 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 English intellectuals.

Based upon a wide range of interviews and previously unpublished manuscript material, this is the first ever biography of Bowra, and covers every aspect of his life, from soldier on the Western Front to Oxford classicist,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 manqu--eacute--;.
 

About Leslie Mitchell

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Leslie Mitchell is a teaching fellow in the Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of Stirling.
 
Published February 12, 2009 by OUP Oxford. 395 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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The Independent

Life, as the lyric poet Pindar had said, should be “sweet as honey”, and Bowra maintained that the first task of the classicist was to revive, as best he could, the inner life and values of the Greeks through a close examination of their literature.

Feb 22 2009 | Read Full Review of Maurice Bowra: A Life

The Telegraph

The Bowristas included Cyril Connolly, Noel Annan, .

Mar 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Maurice Bowra: A Life

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