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Published: 22 December 2006

824 Pages | 16 b/w plates

ISBN: 9780199276608

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William Empson

Against the Christians, Volume II

John Haffenden

  • The definitive and authorized biography of William Empson
  • A candid study of one of the most gifted, eccentric, witty, and controversial figures of twentieth-century culture
  • An important contribution to the history of some of the most notable international events of the twentieth century, including the struggles and machinations of the BBC during the Second World War and the Maoist Revolution in China
  • Rich biographical narrative, with full evaluation of Empson's criticism and poetry
  • Uninhibited quotation of Empson's remarkable letters on a huge range of subjects - from bisexuality to the atom bomb
  • Based on primary sources, including the rich resource of the Empson Papers held at Harvard University
  • Empson's friends, colleagues, contemporaries, and students interviewed for this biography include Dame Muriel Bradbrook, Sir Frank Kermode, L. C. Knights, and Christopher Ricks