By Richard Ollard
He proclaimed himself a genius and raged opposed to the slightest feedback from fellow students; he used to be a Marxist who despised the 'Idiot People'; he will be beneficiant and affectionate but hurled insults at his pals; he inveighed opposed to Puritanism yet used to be himself in lots of methods a Puritan: A. L. Rowse was once a guy of many contradictions.
during this clear-sighted and soaking up biography, Richard Ollard examines the numerous aspects of Rowse's Protean character to bare a guy who, no matter what he was once responding to - public affairs, the humanities, common good looks or occasions in his own lifestyles - did so with great power and passion.
'An urbane learn of the distinguished historian.' Antonia Fraser, Daily Mail
'Strikes an ideal stability among the Jekyll Rowse and the Hyde Rowse.' Bevis Hillier, Spectator
'Excellent.' Katherine Duncan-Jones, TLS
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