Short Legs

E.S. Turner

  • Eminent Edwardians by Piers Brendon
    Secker, 255 pp, £6.95, October 1980, ISBN 0 436 06810 9

Who prizes objectivity? Not Piers Brendon, who has had enough of long ‘photographic’ biographies and is all for ‘the irradiation of an epoch by means of sharp biographical vignettes’ in the Lytton Strachey tradition. ‘The camera’s lens reflects verisimilitude,’ he writes, ‘whereas the prism of the artist’s imagination refracts truth.’

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