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The first full biography of the notorious spyand an X-ray of the British ruling class that produced him.

Once an untouchable member of England's establishment—a world-famous art historian and a man knighted by the Queen of England—in a single stroke Anthony Blunt became an object of universal hatred when, in 1979, Margaret Thatcher exposed him as a Soviet spy.

In Anthony Blunt: His Lives, Miranda Carter shows how one man lived out opposing trends of his century—first as a rebel against his class, then as its epitome—and yet embodied a deeper paradox. In the 1920s, Blunt was a member of the Bloomsbury circle; in the 1930s he was a left-wing intellectual; in the 50s and 60s he became a camouflaged member of the Establishment. Until his treachery was made public, Blunt was a world-famous art historian, recognized for his ground-breaking work on Poussin, Italian art, and old master drawings; at the Courtauld Institute he trained a whole generation of academics and curators. And yet even as he ascended from rebellion into outward conformity, he was a homosexual when homosexuality was a crime, and a traitor when the penalty was death.

How could one man contain so many contradictions? The layers of secrecy upon which Blunt's life depended are here stripped away for the first time, using testimony from those who knew Blunt well but have until now kept silent and documents from sealed Russian archives, including a secret autobiography Blunt wrote for his controllers. Miranda Carter's Anthony Blunt is the first full biography of the mythical Cold War warrior, and is at once an astonishing history of one the century's greatest deceits and a deeply nuanced account of fifty years in the British power elite, as experienced by one deep inside who wished to bring it down.

Synopsis:

This brilliant psychological examination of the infamous Cambridge art-historian-turned-spy reveals the multiple masks worn by the Cold Wars most notorious traitor. From young member of the Bloomsbury circle to left-wing intellectual, from closeted homosexual ascending to the Establishment to object of public denunciation by Margaret Thatcher, the arc of Blunts life is at once a deeply nuanced account of fifty years in the British power elite and an astonishing history of one of the centurys greatest deceits.

Synopsis:

The first full biography of the notorious spy — and an X ray of the British ruling class that produced him.
For decades a luminary of English high society — and the international art world — Sir Anthony Blunt became an object of popular hatred when, in 1979, Margaret Thatcher exposed him as a Soviet spy.
In Anthony Blunt: His Lives, Miranda Carter traces Blunt's transformations, from young member of the Bloomsbury circle, to left-wing intellectual, to a camouflaged member of the establishment. Until his treachery was made public, Blunt was celebrated for his groundbreaking work on Poussin, Italian art, and Old Master drawings; at the Courtauld Institute he trained a whole generation of curators. And yet even as he ascended from rebellion into outward conformity, he was a homosexual when homosexuality was a crime, and a traitor when the penalty was death.
The layers of secrecy upon which Blunt's life depended are stripped away with testimony from those who knew Blunt well but have until now kept silent, and documents from Russian archives, including a secret autobiography Blunt wrote for his controllers. Anthony Blunt is the first full biography of the mythical cold warrior, at once a deeply nuanced account of fifty years in the British power elite and an astonishing history of one of the century's greatest deceits.

About the Author

Miranda Carter was educated at St Pauls Girls School and Exeter College, Oxford. She worked as a publisher and journalist. She lives in London with her husband and son. This is her first book.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374105310
Subtitle:
His Lives
Author:
Peden, Margaret Sayers
Author:
Christensen, Nadia
Author:
Soto, Sonia
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Spies
Subject:
Specific Groups - Male Gay Studies
Subject:
Gay men
Subject:
Espionage, Soviet
Subject:
Art historians
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
107-116
Publication Date:
20030319
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two 8-page bandw photo inserts
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.06 in 1.2 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
This brilliant psychological examination of the infamous Cambridge art-historian-turned-spy reveals the multiple masks worn by the Cold Wars most notorious traitor. From young member of the Bloomsbury circle to left-wing intellectual, from closeted homosexual ascending to the Establishment to object of public denunciation by Margaret Thatcher, the arc of Blunts life is at once a deeply nuanced account of fifty years in the British power elite and an astonishing history of one of the centurys greatest deceits.

"Synopsis" by , The first full biography of the notorious spy — and an X ray of the British ruling class that produced him.
For decades a luminary of English high society — and the international art world — Sir Anthony Blunt became an object of popular hatred when, in 1979, Margaret Thatcher exposed him as a Soviet spy.
In Anthony Blunt: His Lives, Miranda Carter traces Blunt's transformations, from young member of the Bloomsbury circle, to left-wing intellectual, to a camouflaged member of the establishment. Until his treachery was made public, Blunt was celebrated for his groundbreaking work on Poussin, Italian art, and Old Master drawings; at the Courtauld Institute he trained a whole generation of curators. And yet even as he ascended from rebellion into outward conformity, he was a homosexual when homosexuality was a crime, and a traitor when the penalty was death.
The layers of secrecy upon which Blunt's life depended are stripped away with testimony from those who knew Blunt well but have until now kept silent, and documents from Russian archives, including a secret autobiography Blunt wrote for his controllers. Anthony Blunt is the first full biography of the mythical cold warrior, at once a deeply nuanced account of fifty years in the British power elite and an astonishing history of one of the century's greatest deceits.
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