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Philip Ziegler


Born
in Ringwood, Hampshire, The United Kingdom
December 24, 1929

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Philip Sandeman Ziegler is a British biographer and historian. Originally intending to be a novelist, he began a career as biographer with his life of Talleyrand's lover, the Duchess of Dino. He was editor in chief at Collins from 1979-80. He has written in various journals and newspapers including The Spectator, The Listener, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and History Today.

Ziegler was educated at St Cyprian's School, Eastbourne, and went with the school when it merged with Summer Fields School, Oxford. He was afterwards at Eton College and New College, Oxford. He earned a degree in Jurisprudence with highest honours before joining the British Foreign Service, in which he served in Laos, Pretoria and Bogotá, as well as with the Delegation
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“Fourteenth-century men seemed to have regarded their doctor in rather the same way as the twentieth-century men are apt to regard their priest, with tolerance for someone who was doing his best and the respect due to a man of learning but also with a nagging and uncomfortable conviction that he was largely irrelevant to the real and urgent problems of their lives.”
Philip Ziegler, The Black Death

“No-one would claim that, for its part, Ulysses was widely read or easily understood. By any standards it demands patience and unwavering concentration. But in the current of twentieth century literature it stands like a great rock which cannot easily be passed by. To ask whether Joyce was a greater writer than Faulkner, Hemingway or E.M. Forster is a fatuous question, as pointless as asking whether Jane Austen was a greater writer than Charlotte Bronte or Flaubert than Stendhal. What is certain is that he cannot be ignored. Ulysses was a landmark. It influenced the course of serious fiction writing as no other novel of the twentieth century. It can be criticised, challenged, disliked, but like its author it cannot be ignored.”
Philip Ziegler, Between the Wars: 1919-1939

“Bad drove out bad, and to imbibe foul odors was a useful protection. According to another contemporary writer, John Colle: “Attendants who take care of latrines are nearly all to be considered immune.” It was not unknown for apprehensive citizens to spend hours each day crouched over a latrine absorbing the fetid smells.”
Philip Ziegler, The Black Death

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