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The Literary Churchill: Author, Reader, Actor


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This strikingly original book introduces a Winston Churchill we have not known before. Award-winning author Jonathan Rose explores in tandem Churchills careers as statesman and author, revealing the profound influence of literature and theater on Churchills personal, carefully composed grand story and on the decisions he made throughout his political life.


Rose provides in this expansive literary biography an analysis of Churchills writings and their reception (he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1953 and was a best-selling author), and a chronicle of his dealings with publishers, editors, literary agents, and censors. The book also identifies an array of authors who shaped Churchills own writings and politics: George Bernard Shaw, H. G. Wells, Margaret Mitchell, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, and many more. Rose investigates the effect of Churchills passion for theater on his approach to reportage, memoirs, and historical works. Perhaps most remarkably, Rose reveals the unmistakable influence of Churchills reading on every important episode of his public life, including his championship of social reform, plans for the Gallipoli invasion, command during the Blitz, crusade for Zionism, and efforts to prevent a nuclear arms race. In a fascinating conclusion, Rose traces the significance of Churchills writings to later generations of politicians, among them President John F. Kennedy as he struggled to extricate the U.S. from the Cuban Missile Crisis.


A transformative portrait of Churchill, whose love of history, theater, and reading was inextricably linked to his life as a statesman

About the Author

Jonathan Rose is William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of History, Drew University. He was founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing and is co-editor of the journal Book History. He lives in Morristown, NJ.

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Rose, Jonathan
Yale University Press
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Trade Cloth
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16 b/w illus.
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Biography » Historical
Biography » Literary
Education » Writing
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Winston Churchill
History and Social Science » Politics » International Studies
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