One Hundred Letters From Hugh Trevor-Roper by Richard Davenport-Hines
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Overview: The one hundred letters brought together for this book illustrate the range of Hugh Trevor-Roper’s life and preoccupations: as an historian, a controversialist, a public intellectual, an adept in academic intrigues, a lover of literature, a traveller, a countryman. They depict a life of rich diversity; a mind of intellectual sparkle and eager curiosity; a character that relished the comedie humaine, and the absurdities, crotchets, and vanities of his contemporaries. The playful irony of Trevor-Roper’s correspondence places him in a literary tradition stretching back to such great letter-writers as Madame de Sevigne and Horace Walpole.
Though he generally shunned emotional self-exposure in correspondence as in company, his letters to the woman who became his wife reveal the surprising intensity and the raw depths of his feelings.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs