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Brian Howard: Portrait of a Failure

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Brian Howard was expected to become one of the leading authors of his generation, but instead he became a secondary character in the books of others. Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster’s biography makes him — at last — the protagonist of his own highly entertaining story. Packed with dishy reminiscences and extracts from Howard’s letters and writings, this book details the outrageo ...more
Paperback, 398 pages
Published April 6th 2007 by Green Candy Press (first published 1968)
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Paul
Sep 18, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it
This is an interesting biography and feels almost like an autobiography. This is because Lancaster uses Howard’s extensive letters and writings, so he speaks for himself and also draws on his friends (and enemies) letters and writings to and about him. This does tend to make the book a little disjointed.

Howard was one of the central figures in the group known as the Bright Young Things in the 1920s. He was outrageous, openly gay (most of the time) at a time when it was dangerous to be so, a woul
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Paul
Feb 03, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it
The story of the Brian Howard would hardly have earned the title of Failure if he hadn't been born to such privilege and then had such an prodigious early start to his poet's career - being admired and coddled by Edith Sitwell while still only seventeen. High on his brilliance and marred by his own particular mix of aristocratic snobbery with an extremely uncompromising artistic integrity which together pushed him beyond his adolescent success into a wasteful but fabulous stint as one of the Bri ...more
Andy White
Apr 05, 2016 Andy White rated it really liked it
Downtown meets Selfridge's meets Brideshead. A portrait of a time long gone. A dense but enjoyable read.
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