Muggeridge: The Biography - Richard IngramsLondon: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1995, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Signed by the author, without dedication, on the title page — without provenance. Includes: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “Malcolm Muggeridge was many things to many people, his life a series of conversions and contradictions. As a young Fabian idealist and disciple of Sidney and Beatrice Webb, he set off to pay homage to the Soviets as the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent only to become the first journalist to open the eyes of the world to the horrors of Stalinism. From a hard-drinking philanderer he was transformed into ‘St Mugg’, evangelical Christian apologist and conscience of the nation. Once the controversial editor of Punch, ostracized for his anarchical attacks on such icons as Churchill and the Royal Family, in later years he was to become fixed in the public mind as the voice of orthodoxy.
Richard Ingrams, a long-time friend and admirer of Muggeridge, penetrates the television persona to reveal the restless and troubled private life of a man who, for all his apparent inconsistencies, remained constant in his unerring sense of the absurd and pretentious, his fierce independence of opinion and deep suspicion of political messiahs. In this classic piece of English biography, Ingrams charts the waxing and waning of a religious faith and captures the lover of eccentricity and nonconformity who could never resist championing a lost cause, be it the crusade to alert the Left to the evils of Soviet Communism or Mary Whitehouse’s campaign against sex on TV.
Muggeridge is an engrossing narrative that incorporates many fascinating aspects of British post-war culture and society in the life of one of its best-loved journalists and broadcasters, encountering along the way some of the most celebrated figures this century has known: Gandhi and Khrushchev, Montgomery and MacArthur, Sidney and Beatrice Webb, Graham Greene, George Orwell, P. G. Wodehouse, Anthony Powell, Mother Teresa, and the Beatles.
Drawing on private papers, including intimate correspondence, this is the first major biography from the pen of one of the most controversial, admired and indeed revered of contemporary commentators.”