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