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Letters from Oxford : Hugh Trevor-Roper to Bernard Berenson

Author: H R Trevor-Roper; Bernard Berenson; R P T Davenport-Hines
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006.
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"When they met in 1947 Hugh Trevor-Roper, a young historian at Christ Church, Oxford, was 33. Bernard Berenson, a world-famous art critic, was 82, frail but still intensely curious about the world. Trevor-Roper promised to write to him and his letters continued until Berenson's death in 1959." "A mix of social comedy, high-class gossip, sharp intellectual judgements and brilliant travel description, these are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Correspondence
Named Person: H R Trevor-Roper; Bernard Berenson; Trevor-Roper
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: H R Trevor-Roper; Bernard Berenson; R P T Davenport-Hines
ISBN: 9780297850847 0297850849
OCLC Number: 65203040
Description: xlii, 326 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: edited by Richard Davenport-Hines.
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'wonderfully wise and witty... in Trevor-Roper, as these letters drenched in irony attest, history had discovered a profound analyst who was also a consummate stylist' -- Christopher Silvester THE Read more...

 
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