The Last Englishman. The Double Life Of Arthur Ransome..
Bound in original red cloth, gilt in pictorial dust wrapper. Slight sunning to edges but otherwise a very good copy.
Faber and Faber.,
FIRST EDITION. 4to. 6.25 x 9.5 inches. x + 390 pp.
Illustrated by 8 pages of photographic plates. Decorated by publisher's device on title page.
Arthur Ransome (1884-1967) is best known for his popular children's stories starting with the publication of Swallows and Amazons in 1930. This biography, however,examines his life and career before 1930, concentrating on his period as a political journalist and supporter of the Russia's new Bolshevik government. From 1917-24 he was Russian correspondent for the Daily News and Manchester Guardian and conducted a love affair with Trotsky's private secretary: 'No English journalist was considered more controversial, or more damaging to British security. He only narrowly escaped prosecution for treason.'
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