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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.

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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Salons

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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