The Uncollected Michael Foot

£9.99

Foot, Michael

28/06/2004 | Paperback |

ISBN: 9781842750964


About The Uncollected Michael Foot

'His intellectual command is as strong as ever, but so too is his sense of humour' The Guardian

 'The quality that has always distinguished Foot's work is his passion, and this timely collection reprints powerful celebrations of Charles James Fox, William Morris and Aneurin Bevan' The Observer

 'This latest collection of Foot's prose brings together just a fraction of his role models, heroes, loves and passions... As Michael Foot is always insisting: "Read every word"' Tribune

 'There is plenty to entertain the reader of these essays' The Times Literary Supplement

'Scores of writing form a potpourri of excellence, promenading the former Labour leader's opinions on leading politicians of his (and our) day, great literary figures and favourite places' The Good Book Guide

 

 'Jill Craigie was a raging beauty let loose on susceptible wartime London, but she had many other qualities she preferred her legion of suitors to remark upon. I discovered this reticence about her own physical perfection only somewhat later or I would have exploited the point much sooner...'

'The whole future of our threatened planet may depend on the integrity of our international institutions and the re-establishment of the proper authority of the United Nations Security Council, so sorely impaired by the Iraq crisis...'

'Almost from the very day I heard his name, Heinrich Heine became my hero ... I can tolerate no word of criticism from any quarter; or, at least, none which would diminish his greatness and his glory; almost any mention of him can stir all the old delights, exhilarations, and what he himself called "seven league boots" ideas, the kind which can take continents in their revolutionary stride...'

Michael Foot (1913-2010) has long been hailed as the finest political writer of the age. His biographies of Aneurin Bevan and H. G. Wells won him massive critical acclaim, but it was as an essayist that he remained in a class of his own. This collection - which was published to mark his ninetieth birthday - brings together fifty years of essays, from his Tribune article on the death of Stalin in 1953 ('It is as well that myth should be buried in the same coffin') to his reflections on 'a better way to abolish the weapons' in 2003.

The same depth of feeling is deployed throughout this wide-ranging collection covering the people who most influenced and enthralled him - natural choices such as Bevan and Bevin, Byron, Hazlitt and Beaverbrook alongside less obvious figures such as Peggy Ashcroft, Bob Boothby and Stanley Morison - and the places - Hampstead, Wales, Venice, Dubrovnik - which remained closest to his heart. Nor does he forget his beloved dog Dizzy.

Shot through with characteristic verve and passion and reflecting a lifetime's commitment to books and ideas, this is classic Michael Foot.

 'The quality that has always distinguished Foot's work is his passion, and this timely collection reprints powerful celebrations of Charles James Fox, William Morris and Aneurin Bevan' The Observer

'This latest collection of Foot's prose brings together just a fraction of his role models, heroes, loves and passions... As Michael Foot is always insisting: "Read every word"' Tribune

'There is plenty to entertain the reader of these essays' The Times Literary Supplement

'Scores of writing form a potpourri of excellence, promenading the former Labour leader's opinions on leading politicians of his (and our) day, great literary figures and favourite places' The Good Book Guide

 Michael Foot (1913-2010) was one of the outstanding politicians of the twentieth century. Educated at Oxford, he was editor of the Evening Standard and subsequently of Tribune, and entered Parliament in 1945 as MP for Plymouth Devonport. He lost this seat in 1955 but returned to Westminster in 1960, representing Ebbw Vale - formerly the constituency of his great hero, Aneurin Bevan. In 1976 he became deputy leader of the Labour Party and in 1980 succeeded James Callaghan as leader, remaining in that position until his resignation following the 1983 general election. He retired from Parliament in 1992. His many books include The Pen and the Sword (1958), Aneurin Bevan (1962 and 1973), Debts of Honour (1980), H.G.: The History of Mr Wells (1995) and Dr Strangelove, I Presume (1999). A volume of his essays, The Uncollected Michael Foot, was published in 2003.

Dr. Brian Brivati is Senior Lecturer in Modern History at Kingston University. He is a successful author and his books include Methuen's The End of Decline.

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Michael Foot

Michael Foot (1913-2010) was one of the outstanding politicians of the twentieth century. Educated at Oxford, he was editor of the Evening Standard and subsequently of Tribune, and entered Parliament in 1945 as MP for Plymouth Devonport. He lost this seat in 1955 but returned to Westminster in 1960, representing Ebbw Vale - formerly the constituency of his great hero, Aneurin Bevan. In 1976 he became deputy leader of the Labour Party and in 1980 succeeded James Callaghan as leader, remaining in that position until his resignation following the 1983 general election. He retired from Parliament in 1992. His many books include The Pen and the Sword (1958), Aneurin Bevan (1962 and 1973), Debts of Honour (1980), H.G.: The History of Mr Wells (1995) and Dr Strangelove, I Presume (1999). A volume of his essays, The Uncollected Michael Foot, was published by Politico's in 2003.

 


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