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Pilgrimage of Passion: The Life of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt

Pilgrimage of Passion: The Life of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
Elizabeth Longford

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Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, 1840-1922, was one of England's true eccentrics: a wildly individual, larger-than-life personality who was as admired as he was disliked. A writer, poet, rebel, politician and explorer, his controversial life was in every sense a 'pilgrimage of passion'. He campaigned tirelessly for the independence of Egypt, India and Ireland (for which he was imprisoned) and, before marrying Byron's granddaughter, he travelled widely as a diplomat embarking on passionate love affairs and upsetting the Establishment - whether the British Empire or conventional morality. George Wyndham, Lord Curzon and Oscar Wilde were just some of the figures who attended Blunt's famous literary 'Crabbet Club' and young Arabists like T.E. Lawrence and St John Philby regarded him as a prophet. During his lifetime, and for many years after, no anthology was complete without his poems. Based on Wilfrid Blunt's complete diaries and papers, Elizabeth Longford has produced a riveting biography of this most compelling man.

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Elizabeth Longford, 1906 - 2002, was one of the finest British biographers and historians of modern times and an extraordinary individual. She wrote highly acclaimed and award-winning biographies of the Duke of Wellington (still regarded as definitive) Queen Victoria, the present Queen and Byron, among others, continuing to write well into her 90s. The Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography was established in 2003 in her memory.


"..a figure [Blunt] wrested from poetry anthologies and fleshed out into a full-blooded and Byronic character." The Guardian "Elizabeth Longford, the renowned historian, was also one of the finest British biographers of the last century." Independent "Lady Longford...the celebrated biographer." The Daily Telegraph"

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781845113445
Publication Date: 29 Mar 2007
Number of Pages: 480
Height: 198
Width: 126
Illustrations: b/w illustrations

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