A Man of Contradictions: A Life of A.L. Rowse

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Richard Ollard

Narrated By: Geoffrey Howard

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: August 2003

Duration: 13 hours 30 minutes


A. L. Rowse proclaimed himself a genius and raged against the slightest criticism from fellow scholars; he was a Marxist who despised the 'Idiot People'; he could be generous and affectionate yet hurled insults at his friends; he inveighed against Puritanism but was himself in many ways a Puritan.

In this clear-sighted and absorbing biography, Richard Ollard examines the many sides of Rowse's Protean personality to reveal a man who, whatever he was responding to--public affairs, the arts, natural beauty or events in his personal life--did so with tremendous energy and passion.

'An urbane study of the celebrated historian.' -Antonia Fraser, Daily Mail

'Strikes a perfect balance between the Jekyll Rowse and the Hyde Rowse.' -Bevis Hillier, Spectator

'Excellent.' -Katherine Duncan-Jones, TLS


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