Anthony Blunt

Anthony Blunt The First Full Biography Of The Notorious Spy And An X Ray Of The British Ruling Class That Produced Him Once An Untouchable Member Of England S Establishment A World Famous Art Historian And A Man Knighted By The Queen Of England In A Single Stroke Anthony Blunt Became An Object Of Universal Hatred When, In 1979, Margaret Thatcher Exposed Him As A Soviet Spy In Anthony Blunt His Lives, Miranda Carter Shows How One Man Lived Out Opposing Trends Of His Century First As A Rebel Against His Class, Then As Its Epitome And Yet Embodied A Deeper Paradox In The 1920s, Blunt Was A Member Of The Bloomsbury Circle In The 1930s He Was A Left Wing Intellectual In The 50s And 60s He Became A Camouflaged Member Of The Establishment Until His Treachery Was Made Public, Blunt Was A World Famous Art Historian, Recognized For His Ground Breaking Work On Poussin, Italian Art, And Old Master Drawings At The Courtauld Institute He Trained A Whole Generation Of Academics And Curators And Yet Even As He Ascended From Rebellion Into Outward Conformity, He Was A Homosexual When Homosexuality Was A Crime, And A Traitor When The Penalty Was Death How Could One Man Contain So Many Contradictions The Layers Of Secrecy Upon Which Blunt S Life Depended Are Here Stripped Away For The First Time, Using Testimony From Those Who Knew Blunt Well But Have Until Now Kept Silent And Documents From Sealed Russian Archives, Including A Secret Autobiography Blunt Wrote For His Controllers Miranda Carter S Anthony Blunt Is The First Full Biography Of The Mythical Cold War Warrior, And Is At Once An Astonishing History Of One The Century S Greatest Deceits And Adeeply Nuanced Account Of Fifty Years In The British Power Elite, As Experienced By One Deep Inside Who Wished To Bring It Down. There were many facets to the glittering career of Anthony Blunt art historian, director of Courtauld, international art expert, spy, Surveyor of the Queens Pictures and establishment figure But what he is best remembered for is his betrayal for he was a traitor.In this book, Carter has written a forensic dissection of his life, from the privileged education at Marlborough and Cambridge, his early career in the art world, courtier to the royal family and war work in the intelligence services There were many facets to the glittering career of Anthony Blunt art historian, director of Courtauld, international art expert, spy, Surveyor of the Queens Pictures and establishment figure But what he is best remembered for is his betrayal for he was a traitor.In this book, Carter has written a forensic dissection of his life, from the privileged education at Marlborough and Cambridge, his early career in the art world, courtier to the royal family and war work in the intelligence services and post war activities where he built his reputation as an academic in the art world In his early days he held very Marxist views and these were reflect
Anglican parishes abroad are often disconcertingly large when the Bishop of Gibraltar described the extent of his diocese to Pope Pius VI, His Holiness observed, Then I m a parishioner Public school sex education in the 1920s You might find some white matter exuding from your private parts Don t worry about it It s only a sort of disease like measles Blunt review Mr Wilneski has clearly attempted the impossible But he need not have failed so grossly Burgess on Blunt The trouble with Anglican parishes abroad are often disconcertingly large when the Bishop of Gibraltar described the extent of his diocese to Pope Pius VI, His Holiness observed, Then I m a parishioner Public school sex education in the 1920s You might find some white matter exuding from your private parts Don t worry about it It s only a sort of disease like measles Blunt review Mr Wilneski has clearly attempted the impossible But he need not have failed so grossly Burgess on Blunt The trouble with you, Anthony, is that you want to have your cake and eat it and give the impression that you re feeding it to the poor Blunt s secret mi
Just add onevoice to the praise for this very well researched book I knew nothing really about this man other than he was some sort of spy for the Russians Having read the book and it is the best part of 500 pages I feel I not only know the man in as much as he could ever allow himself to be known but I also know about the culture and background which inspired men like him to pass information to the Russians during the war and feel that they were in fact contributing to the fall of Just add onevoice to the praise for this very well researched book I knew nothing really about this man other than he was some sort of spy for the Russians Having read the book and it is the best part of 500 pages I feel I not only know the man in as much as he could ever allow himself to be known but I also know about the culture and background which inspired men like him to pass information to the Russians during the war and feel that they were in fact contributing to the fall of Fascism.The Art World itself was also a closed book to me but is a lotunderstandable now Although the book is very well researched and annotated you do feel that there are still wide areas left untouched or glossed over but I presume this is because of Official Secrets or the unwillingness of so many people not to become involved or speak out Blunt himself was notoriously compartme
This is the second time I have read this book about a man who is from top to bottom a total puzzle perhaps two men in one body, one wonders how a perfect English gentleman and keeper of the Queens pictures could ever have been so crazy as to sell secrets to the Russians, even if he had been influenced by communist ideology at Cambridge in the 30s The author, Miranda Carter, has done such a thorough job on his life and the times, one wonders if anything could ever be added Scholarship of the This is the second time I have read this book about a man who is from top to bottom a total puzzle perhaps two men in one body, one wonders how a perfect English gentleman and keeper of the Queens pictures could ever have been so crazy as to sell secrets to the Russians, even if he had been influenced by communist ideology at Cambridge in the 30s The author, Miranda Carter, has done such a thorough job on his life and the ti
The true story of Anthony Blunt, Oxford educated English spy, famous art historian, prolific author, keeper of the Queen s paintings, director of London s Courtauld Institute and homosexual Fascinating. I really wanted to like this book but it felt a little tough to get through. Quite a few books have been written about the Cambridge spies, and there are other books about Anthony Blunt All that I have read focus on espionage and tend to the polemical Carter s treatment of Blunt it different Painstakingly researched, this book delves into muchthan Blunt s treason, discussing in depth his academic career, personal relationships, and muchWhat results is a detailed portrait of a very enigmatic man still not a particularly flattering portrait, in my opinion Quite a few books have been written about the Cambridge spies, and there are other books about Anthony Blunt All that I have read focus on espionage and tend to the polemical Carter s treatment of Blunt it different Painstakingly researched, this book delves into muchthan Blunt s treason, discussing in depth his academic career, personal relationships, and muchWhat results is a detailed portrait of a very enigmatic man still not a particularly flattering portrait, in my opinion Along the way, the reader meets quite an assortment of the odd people who made up much of England s academic and intelligence communities in the 1930s, 40s, and 50s Carter s occasional comments on trying to sort through the various accounts of events offered up by these people is illuminating apparently it is quite difficult to ascertain facts from the mish mash of ego driven screeds, gin and whiskey besotted comme
Hmm hmmm hhmmmmm, very odd book Completely obsessive details of everyone this man attended a party with, kind of reminded me of college who went to what party culture except I never cared then and these guys care up until the day they die and it makes it so boring Even if the people he was going to parties with were famous poets, which I can t say that half the people I went to college with even read a poem unless forced I honestly did not know who he was before reading the book, kind of thou Hmm hmmm hhmmmmm, very odd book Completely obsessive details of everyone this man attended a party with, kind of reminded me of college who went to what party culture except I never cared then and these guys care up until the day they die and it makes it so boring Even if the people he was going to parties with were famous poets, which I can t say that half the people I went to col
Most people may well be able to associate with multiple lives rather than one life when considering an autobiography, or when someone chooses to write a biography of them, but it is doubtful that many such lives will be quite so diverse as those of Sir Anthony Blunt.Miranda Carter captures them all perfectly from Cambridge student, through not so good military man, to MI5 representative, to spy for the Russians, to art historian, to art expert, to curator of the Queen s pictures, to Knighthood Most people may well be able to associate with multiple lives rather than one life when considering an autobiography, or when someone chooses to write a biography of them, but it is doubtful that many such lives will be quite so diverse as those of Sir Anthony Blunt.Miranda Carter captures them all perfectly from Cambridge student, through not so good military man, to MI5 representative, to spy for the Russians, to art historian, to art expert, to curator of the Queen s pictures, to Knighthood How did Sir Anthony do it He must have been a marvel to com
Having just read The Untouchable by John Banvile, a roman a clef, in which the book s central character is based on the art historian and notorious spy, Anthony Blunt, I had to knowabout the latter And so I went to Miranda Carter s award winning biography It is a longish boo

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  • Hardcover
  • 592 pages
  • Anthony Blunt
  • Miranda Carter
  • English
  • 17 February 2017
  • 0374105316