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Anthony Blunt: His Lives - Miranda Carter

Basingstoke & Oxford: Macmillan, 2002, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good. Light reading creases to the spine.

First in this edition. Illustrated with B&W photographs. From the introduction: “From the moment of his exposure as a former Russian spy by the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in November 1979, Anthony Blunt became a man about whom anything could be said. He was described as ‘the spy with no shame’. He was ‘an arrogant evil poseur’. He was a ‘treacherous Communist poof’. It was rumoured that at Cambridge he had seduced and blackmailed impressionable undergraduates into serving his nefarious schemes. He had been responsible for the deaths of forty-nine wartime Dutch Special Operations agents behind enemy lines; he might, indeed, have been responsible for any number of deaths. Twenty-two years after Blunt’s exposure, much has changed. Perhaps the most important of all these changes has been the end of the Cold War. The ideological polarizations which divided almost all political and intellectual life, in Britain as elsewhere, have eased. Blunt’s history can be seen in its particularity, rather than as an exemplary (to many, exemplarily hateful) general case. From this new perspective, his life vividly illustrates certain key moments and themes of twentieth-century Britain: intellectual, political, sexual and social.”


Size: B Format (7¾" x 5¼"). Winner of the Orwell prize. 590 pages.
£7.50