The Fatal Englishman
Three Short Lives
By (author) Sebastian Faulks
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Fatal Englishman by Sebastian Faulks
Book DescriptionIn The Fatal Englishman," " his first work of nonfiction, Sebastian Faulks explores the lives of three remarkable men. Each had the seeds of greatness; each was a beacon to his generation and left something of value behind; yet each one died tragically young.Christopher Wood, only twenty-nine when he killed himself, was a painter who lived most of his short life in the beau monde of 1920s Paris, where his charm, good looks, and the dissolute life that followed them sometimes frustrated his ambition and achievement as an artist.Richard Hillary was a WWII fighter pilot who wrote a classic account of his experiences, "The Last Enemy, " but died in a mysterious training accident while defying doctor's orders to stay grounded after horrific burn injuries; he was twenty-three.Jeremy Wolfenden, hailed by his contemporaries as the brightest Englishman of his generation, rejected the call of academia to become a hack journalist in Cold War Moscow. A spy, alcoholic, and open homosexual at a time when such activity was still illegal, he died at the age of thirty-one, a victim of his own recklessness and of the peculiar pressures of his time.Through the lives of these doomed young men, Faulks paints an oblique portrait of English society as it changed in the twentieth century, from the Victorian era to the modern world.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780375727443
(202mm x 131mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Random House Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: United States
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Broken World, Paperback (November 2015)View all books by Sebastian Faulks
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Author Biography - Sebastian Faulks
Sebastian Faulks is best known for his trilogy of novels set in France: The Girl at the Lion d'Or, Birdsong, and Charlotte Gray, the latter two of which were bestsellers. After a period in France, he and his family now live in London.
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