Anthony Blunt: His Lives
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001 - 590 pages
The first full biography of the notorious spy-- and an X-ray of the British ruling class that produced him.
Once an untouchable member of England's establishment-- a world-famous art historian and a man knighted by the Queen of England-- in a single stroke Anthony Blunt became an object of universal hatred when, in 1979, Margaret Thatcher exposed him as a Soviet spy.
In "Anthony Blunt: His Lives," Miranda Carter shows how one man lived out opposing trends of his century-- first as a rebel against his class, then as its epitome-- and yet embodied a deeper paradox. In the 1920s, Blunt was a member of the Bloomsbury circle; in the 1930s he was a left-wing intellectual; in the 50s and 60s he became a camouflaged member of the Establishment. Until his treachery was made public, Blunt was a world-famous art historian, recognized for his ground-breaking work on Poussin, Italian art, and old master drawings; at the Courtauld Institute he trained a whole generation of academics and curators. And yet even as he ascended from rebellion into outward conformity, he was a homosexual when homosexuality was a crime, and a traitor when the penalty was death.
How could one man contain so many contradictions? The layers of secrecy upon which Blunt's life depended are here stripped away for the first time, using testimony from those who knew Blunt well but have until now kept silent and documents from sealed Russian archives, including a secret autobiography Blunt wrote for his controllers. Miranda Carter's "Anthony Blunt" is the first full biography of the mythical Cold War warrior, and is at once an astonishing history of one the century's greatest deceits and adeeply nuanced account of fifty years in the British power elite, as experienced by one deep inside who wished to bring it down.
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LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - PDCRead - LibraryThing
There were many facets to the glittering career of Anthony Blunt; art historian, director of Courtauld, international art expert, spy, Surveyor of the Queens Pictures and establishment figure. But ... Consulter l'avis complet
LibraryThing ReviewAvis d'utilisateur - willmurdoch - LibraryThing
A sad ending to a interesting life of the more talented of the "Cambridge Spies". Blunt was manipulated by the stronger personality of Guy Burgess but made the choice to help the Soviets and lived to ... Consulter l'avis complet