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Peculiar People: The Story of My Lifeby Augustus Hare
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These days hardly anyone remembers Augustus John Curthbert Hare (1834-1903). But in his prime, the late Victorian age, his name was on the lips of anyone who mattered. He was a travel writer, a storyteller and a memoirist of the first order, and his work is a fascinating record of a lost way of life amongst the strangest upper classes of English society.
Book News Annotation:
A condensation of the six-volume autobiography of Augustus John Cuthbert Hare (1834-1903), a Victorian writer, born to a mad, upper-class English family, who survived a cruel childhood to write monumental travel guides to the Continent as well as an autobiography titled The Story of My Life. Includes Hare's own adventures as well as travel and ghost stories and accounts of royalty and various eccentrics whom he encountered. B&w illustrations, many by Hare himself.
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These days hardly anyone remembers Augustus John Curthbert Hare (1834-1903). But in his prime, the late Victorian age, his name was on the lips of anyone who mattered. He was a travel writer, storyteller, and memoirist of the first order, and his work is a fascinating record of a lost way of life amongst the strangest upper classes of English society.
Hare's six-volume autobiography was published between 1899-1903 in England; Academy Chicago's one-volume condensation first appeared in hardcover in 1995. Walter Kendrick of the Voice Literary Supplement had this to say:
"Not only did Hare win dinner invitations from lords and ladies, poets and politicians; he also listened to stories told after too many glasses of wine. Hare delighted in those stories, which he tidied up and rendered coherent for inclusion in The Story of My Life."
"It's a delightful book, though its been out of print since the first edition and couldn't be reprinted in full now, being too huge and useless for our dimished age."
"But the marveously impractical Academy Chicago press has come up with the next best thing: a one-volume, relatively cheap condensation that culls the good stuff out of the bather, both of which Hare provided in plenty."
" ... the best way to read this bizarre book is simply to revel in the strangeness of a man who, like some improbale Amazon incest, could exist in no other time or place than precisely the hothouse that reared him, Victorian England."
Readers will also enjoy the many illustration by Hare, with additional whimisical drawings by Julia Anderson-Miller.
About the Author
Augustus John Cuthbert Hare (1834-1903) was a Victorian writer who had clung, so to speak, to the edges of fame. He was born into the maddest of upper-class English families and survived one of the cruelest of childhoods to write monumental travel guides to the Continent and a six-volume autobiography, The Story of My Life. That autobiography is now extremely rare and growing rarer - since every day copies of it, even in libraries, crumble into dust. This is a one-volume condensation of this remarkable work, containing what the editors consider to be the highlights of Augustus Hare's harrowing tale, beginning with his birth, shortly following which his lackadaisical parents gave him to a relative, assuring her that if she wanted more children she should let them know, because they had others.
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