Leslie Mitchell

Leslie Mitchell is a fellow in modern history at University College, Oxford. He has written on Burke and Fox. A biography of Melbourne will be published by Oxford in 1997.

Scribbling Rascal

Leslie Mitchell, 1 August 1996

With a lamentable record in actually winning power, English Radicals have been content to comment on, be rude about and occasionally constrain those in office. To be tolerated by a conservative majority, a Radical should be as patriotic as any right-wing xenophobe, so disreputable in private life and judgment that the country would have no qualms about denying him office, and so good-hearted that the rumour could get about that Radicalism was really nothing more than a misplaced desire to tease. John Wilkes met all these criteria, and was therefore much loved.

Delighted to See Himself: Maurice Bowra

Stefan Collini, 12 February 2009

What is the best case that can be made for Maurice Bowra? In his day, and it was a long day, he was the most celebrated don in Oxford, and therefore in England. Born in 1898, he became a fellow...

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William Thomas, 16 October 1980

The first of these books is an academic study of the politics of the most famous political salon of early 19th-century England. The second is a collection of essays on famous literary salons,...

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