Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

Nigel Jones

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9.78178E+12

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(Paperback | ISBN 9781781857168 | 624 pages | 2016)

Summary

A candid, sometimes shocking, biography of Rupert Brooke reveals that the very different reality behind the golden-boy facade of this English literary icon

Paragon of youthful beauty, romantic symbol of a lost England, and precociously gifted poet, Rupert Chawner Brooke died in a hospital ship off the Aegean island of Skyros in April 1915, aged just 27. All of England mourned his passing.

But behind the glow of myth lies a darker reality. At the height of his promise a disappointment in love triggered a mental and physical collapse that brought his inner complexities to the surface. Letters reveal a man who was sexually ambivalent, misogynistic, anti-Semitic—and sometimes alarmingly unstable.

This revised edition of Nigel Jones’s admired biography, including an account of a previously unknown affair of Brooke’s, reveals a more conflicted and troubled individual than the gilded Adonis of English literary myth.