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Amphibious Thing The Life of Lord Hervey

Moore Lucy

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ISBN 10: 067087986X / ISBN 13: 9780670879861
Verlag: Viking, London, 2000
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Viking 2000; 8vo size, 376 pages, illustrated, good to very good in dust jacket; Colour Illustrations; 376 pages. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 30328

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Titel: Amphibious Thing The Life of Lord Hervey

Verlag: Viking, London

Erscheinungsdatum: 2000

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand:Very Good

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Very Good

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Near fine copy in the original gilt-blocked cloth. Slightest suggestion only of dust-dulling to the spine bands and panel edges. Remains particularly well-preserved overall; tight, bright, clean and strong. Provenance: From the library of Eric George Hatfield Moody with his bookplate to verso ffep.; 376 pages; Physical description: vi, 376 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Summary: Lord Hervey was one of the most controversial figures of the Georgian age. The consummate courtier - strikingly handsome, elegant and witty - he was both the favourite of the Queen and right-hand man to Walpole. Painted by Hogarth, satirized by Fielding and Pope, and confidant of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Hervey counted among his friends and enemies some of the most brilliant men and women of the age. Yet for all his hard-won public fame, there was a scandalous private side to Hervey. He was certainly a rake (rumour had it that he shared a mistress with the Prince of Wales), but such behaviour was quite normal among the 18th-century aristocracy. Less usual, however, was his ten-year affair with another man. From the outset, Hervey was fascinated by Stephen Fox. His engaging, delightfully witty letters reveal the depth of their passion for one another, and the lengths to which they were driven in order to escape detection. Finally, theirs became an "open secret", one of many factors that was to contribute to Hervey's downfall. In this biography, Lucy Moore brings to life an entire age, with its shimmering artifice and its poisonous deceit, its highly wrought melodrama and its grand passions. Subjects: Bristol, Augustus John Hervey, Earl of, 1724-1779 - Studies. Hervey, John Hervey, Baron, 1696-1743. Politicians - Great Britain - Biography. Gay men - Great Britain - Biography. Great Britain - Court and courtiers - Biography.

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Confidante to George II and Queen Charlotte, right hand man to Walpole, rival to Alexander Pope, with his arresting looks and his acid tongue Lord Hervey was one of the brightest stars on a glittering stage. Yet, for all his hard-won public fame, there was a scandalous private side to Hervey which inhibited his rise and finally, spelt his downfall: his ten-year affair with another man, Stephen Fox. In this entertaining and wonderfully observed biography, Lucy Moore brings to life an entire age,with its shimmering artifice, poisonous deceit, its highly wrought melodrama and its grand passions.

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