The Years of Promise
Author: Cecil Roberts
Hardcover, with dustjacket.. Good condition, some tearing to the dustjacket on the spine.
Cecil Roberts closed his story with the death of his remarkable father whose interest in his Leicestershire ancestors went back to the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Aged fifteen, the author finds himself almost destitute and, with a mother to keep, a municipal office boy. "I was a caged lion, determined to break the horrid bars," he writes. This is the story of how he broke out, immeasurably ambitious, into a larger world. From the beginning he was determined to be an author, a motive never lost sight of. Irrepressible, vivacious, variously gifted, one quality that emerges is his ability to attract and hold friends. They are here in this story, which comprises some of the history of the opening century President Wilson, Churchill, Baden-Powell, Jellicoe, Beatty, Arnold Bennett, John Masefield, Joseph Conrad, Marie Corelli, Sarah Bern-hardt, Dame Laura Knight, J. E. Flecker, Alec Waugh, Robert Graves, Philip Gibbs, Leonide Massine, Diaghilev, Adenauer - it is a vivid pageant.
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