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Rupert Brooke

Nigel Jones

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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.