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This is an auction for BERNARD SHAW by Michael Holroyd.

Three hardback volumes:

* THE SEARCH FOR LOVE 1856-1898 (1988, 486 pages + 24 pages of photographs)

* THE PURSUIT OF POWER 1898-1918 (1989, 420 pages + 32 pages of photographs)


* THE LURE OF FANTASY 1918-1950 (1991, 544 pages + 32 pages of photographs) review:

"Michael Holroyd is the distinguished British biographer of writer Lytton Strachey (whose life formed the basis of the film Carrington) as well as the painter Augustus John. But his voluminous biography of writer George Bernard Shaw - the author of Pygmalion (made into the musical My Fair Lady) - is probably his masterwork. Unlike other recent books on Shaw that focus on a single aspect such as sexuality or politics, Holroyd's apporach is general, and quite successful. One feels that the biographer has grasped what was important to Shaw at each crucial moment of his life. Thus the biography becomes a kind of companion to the life, discreetly pointing out features of interest, but never overimposing Holroyd's own personality, though there are some witty details inserted--such as those about Shaw's estate in recent years--that indicate Holroyd's dry wit. This book may be called Brit biography at its best, a must for literature collections. Long live GBS!"

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These are hardbacks in good condition.

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There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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