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David Cecil (1902–1986)

Forfatter af A Portrait of Jane Austen

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Lord Edward Christian David Gascoyne-Cecil was born on April 9, 1902 in Hatfield House, Hertforshire, England. "David Cecil" was educated at Eton College and he went on to Christ Church, Oxford, as an undergraduate. Upon his graduation in 1924 he became a Fellow of Wadham College, Oxford, until vis mere 1930. During this time he published his study of the poet, Cowper, which was entitled The Stricken Deer; this immediately secured his spot as a literary historian. In 1939 he became a Fellow of New College, Oxford, where he remained a Fellow until 1969, when he became an Honorary Fellow. In 1947 he became Professor of Rhetoric at Gresham College, London, for a year; but in 1948 he returned to the University of Oxford and remained a Professor of English Literature there until 1970. In his lifetime, Cecil wrote studies and biographies of many prominent authors including: Thomas Hardy, Shakespeare, Thomas Gray, Dorothy Osborne, Jane Austen and Charles Lamb. Cecil died on January 1, 1986. He was 83 years old. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af David Cecil

A Portrait of Jane Austen (1978) 369 eksemplarer
Melbourne (1954) 284 eksemplarer
Early Victorian Novelists (1934) 98 eksemplarer
Max: A Biography (1964) 76 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book Of Christian Verse (1940) 62 eksemplarer
The Young Melbourne (1939) 56 eksemplarer
The English poets (1941) 49 eksemplarer
Modern verse in English, 1900-1950 (1958) — Redaktør — 34 eksemplarer
The Fine Art of Reading (1957) 33 eksemplarer
Two quiet lives (1948) 33 eksemplarer
Hatfield House (1972) 23 eksemplarer

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The Complete Short Stories of L.P. Hartley (1973) — Introduktion — 53 eksemplarer
The Heritage of British Literature (1983) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver44 eksemplarer
A Victorian Album: Julia Margaret Cameron and Her Circle (1975) — Introductory Essay, nogle udgaver41 eksemplarer
A Choice of Tennyson's Verse (1971) — Redaktør — 36 eksemplarer
A pad in the straw: Stories (1952) — Forord, nogle udgaver15 eksemplarer
Homage to P. G. Wodehouse (1973) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
The collected short stories of L. P. Hartley; (1968) — Introduktion — 5 eksemplarer

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Juridisk navn
Gascoyne-Cecil, Edward Christian David, Lord
London, England, UK
Cranborne, Dorset, England, UK
Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Eton College, Eton, Berkshire, England, UK
University of Oxford (Christ Church)
professor (English)
art critic
Literary critic
MacCarthy, Mary (mother-in-law)
MacCarthy, Desmond (father-in-law)
Cecil, Jonathan (son)
3rd Marquess of Salisbury, Lord Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil (grandfather)
Trickett, Rachel (friend)
University of Oxford
Priser og hædersbevisninger
Royal Society of Literature Companion of Literature
Order of the Companions of Honour
Kort biografi
David Cecil was a British historian, biographer, academic, and literary and art critic. He held the courtesy title Lord David Cecil as the son of a peer. In 1932, he married Rachel MacCarthy, daughter of Sir Desmond MacCarthy and Mary (Molly) MacCarthy. They had three children. David Cecil was a prolific writer best known for his biography of Lord Melbourne, Queen Victoria's first Prime Minister; his other subjects included
Jane Austen, William Cowper and Sir Max Beerbohm.



I have a terrible track record with biographies. I have found that there is no subject so fascinating that a good biographer can't suck all the life out of their story with a dry presentation of dates and facts. I rarely finish one.

But I LOVED this so much. I think that's because it wasn't really a biography, a distinction made clear by the title. It's a "portrait" painted in loving words by a man clearly enthralled with Jane Austen, as any sensible person should be. Using her surviving letters, drawings of places she lived, portraits of her friends and family, published recollections of her contemporaries, and known facts about her life, David Cecil provides an engrossing account of what it was like to be Jane Austen, and to live in her world at that time.

And I am happy to learn that her life seems to have been a very good one. She was fortunate to have lived in relative comfort; though never married she was always surrounded and supported by a close, witty, and fun-loving family. As a young girl she enjoyed some of the same activities and places that she describes in her books - dances and balls, walking in the beautiful countryside, visiting acquaintances, trips to Bath and Lyme, etc. Although we know her work was not autobiographical, you definitely get glimpses of how different people, places and events inspired her.

If you are a Jane Austen fan I highly recommend this. It was just lovely.
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AngeH | 1 anden anmeldelse | Jan 2, 2020 |
Literary historian and academic Lord David Cecil provides a fine overview and thumbnail critique of the major English poets: their style and tenor, their strengths and limitations. Nicely illustrated, and includes well-chosen snippets. This first volume in the "Britain in Pictures" series serves as a springboard to further study of the key figures.
ghr4 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 4, 2018 |
"Dreadfully sad by extremely well done on the whole." - MRJ to Gwendolen McBryde, 7 April 1933, printed in Letters to a friend (p. 191–192)
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MontagueRhodesJames | Jan 13, 2018 |
Hatfield House was built in 1611, & has for over 300 yrs remained the home of the Cecils, a family which at various times has held the destiny of the country in it's hands. Lord David Cecil was raised at Hatfield and knows intimately the house and it's history. Lord David Cecil keeps in perspective four centuries of English history without overcrowding his canvas, yet presents his protagonists in detail that is sharp, affectionate and memorable. Contains numerous photographs.

Cover image; Portrait of Robert Cecil by John de Critz the Elder.… (mere)
velvetink | 1 anden anmeldelse | Mar 31, 2013 |



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