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Harold Nicolson diaries and letters 1907-1964

Author: Harold Nicolson; Nigel Nicolson
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This substantially revised and augmented new edition, edited by Harold Nicolson's son Nigel, draws together extracts from different sources, some unpublished, and from the family correspondence, including letters to Harold's beloved wife, Vita Sackville-West, his sons and parents. It provides a privileged perspective on a tumultuous age; it also reveals an intimate portrait of a remarkable man." "Harold Nicolson  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Diaries
Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Harold Nicolson; Harold Nicolson; Harold Nicolson
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold Nicolson; Nigel Nicolson
ISBN: 0297847643 9780297847649 075381997X 9780753819975
OCLC Number: 58853885
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xiv, 460 p. : ill ; 24 cm.
Contents: Foreign Office and marriage 1907-1929 --
Literature and politics 1930-1939 --
The war years 1939-1945 --
Valediction 1945-1964.
Other Titles: Harold Nicolson diaries 1907-1963
Responsibility: edited by Nigel Nicolson.

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Nicolson's great gift as a diarist is that he does not simply recoprd events: he brings those events and the characters in them brilliantly to life. His diary entries are astonishingly rich Read more...

 
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