This biography makes full use of much of Patrick Hamilton's own letters and notes, and is sharply insightful in its picture of this contradictory writer.
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Description du livre État : New. Patrick Hamilton was a remarkable novelist who deserves to be better known and a riveting dissector of English life in the 1930s. Despite a privileged background, he turned increasingly inward in frustration and bitterness. And despite early success, both critical and material, he suffered under all-consuming obsessions and an addiction to alcohol that caused his early death. He cultivated the persona of the debonair man-about-town, and yet was drawn to London's murky underside, both as subject matter and in his own life. It is Hamilton’s attention to textures, not causes, that gives his prose its jolting moments of insight, such as his rapid-fire description of a deluded Chamberlain at Munich as ‘all grinning, shaking hands, frock-coats, top-hats, uniforms, car-rides, cheers . . . like a sort of super-fascist wedding or christening’. Hamilton remains a complex and intriguing figure, and is brought graphically to life in this magnificent biography. N° de réf. du libraire 3005