Robert Byron: A Biography. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
Robert Byron: A Biography.
That much Robert Byron, travel writer and all-round troublemaker, had in common with his namesake the poet. Also, unlike Lord Byron, he was not handsome. But although he traded on the name when it suited him, he was no relation and certainly no lord. He came from a Lancashire family originally called Baron, his father was a not particularly successful civil engineer, and he was born in a semi, at 23 Swinderby Road, Wembley. He was also unshakably homosexual (Nancy Mitford tried in vain to shake him). With his beaky nose, pouting mouth, popping eyes and shortish round body, he looked uncannily.
William Dalrymple acclaims James Knox's biography of the man who wrote the greatest pre-war travel book. As Paul Fussell neatly put it in Abroad, "What Ulysses is to the novel between the wars, and what The Waste Land is to poetry, The Road to Oxiana is to the travel book. Byron was killed in the second world war aged only 35, lost when his ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Wrath. Yet in his brief 15 years as a writer, he achieved an astonishing amount.
James Knox, Robert Byron, London, 2003. Christopher Sykes, Four Studies in Loyalty, London, 1950, pp. 80-189
James Knox, Robert Byron, London, 2003. 80-189. Originally Published: April 7, 2008.
What an excellent biography! Knox ably captures the personality of Robert Byron, the acclaimed travel writer and expert on Byzantine and Persian art and architecture
Robert Byron, who died young in World War II, was the foremost travel writer. What an excellent biography! Knox ably captures the personality of Robert Byron, the acclaimed travel writer and expert on Byzantine and Persian art and architecture. Byron was a prickly individual so he was probably not a person who would be an easy companion. Byron was one of the early champions of Georgian period architecture in the period before World War II when it was considered old fashioned and not worth saving.
It is difficult to write a biography of such a precious person without becoming mannered oneself, but Knox managed without becoming the period cliche that is his subject. James Knox's impeccable biography of a real sparkler. comes across in this lively biography as a brilliantly eclectic, original and prickly genius. I do love him when he comes into his distant own as a prematurely eccentric traveller.
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beautifully done, a threnody for the talent extinguished by war' - New Statesman 'An entertaining biography of a very entertaining man' - Manchester Evening News 20040904 show more. James Knox was educated at Eton and thereafter at Cambridge where he read History of Art and at INSEAD where he gained an MBA.
Lord Byron Biography - The son of Captain John Byron and Catherine Gordon, George Gordon (Lord .
Lord Byron Biography - The son of Captain John Byron and Catherine Gordon, George Gordon (Lord Byron) was born in London on January 22, 1788. Byron also attacked his political opponents such as the Duke of Wellington and Lord Castlereagh in Wellington: The Best of the Cut-Throats (1819) and the The Intellectual Eunuch Castlereagh (1818).
Robert Byron by James Knox A Biography. Robert Byron, who tragically died young in the Second World War, was the foremost travel writer of his age, acclaimed especially for 'The Road to Oxiana'. He was also a pioneer of Byzantine history, fought to save Georgian London, and was one of the first voices raised against fascism. Patrick Leigh Fermor readily admitted to being under his spell, and to Nancy Mitford he was the funniest man alive. This biography of him rediscovers his genius, drawing on his unique archive and throwing fascinating new light on the gilded circle of which he was part.