The Resource The last Englishmen : love, war and the end of empire, Deborah Baker

The last Englishmen : love, war and the end of empire, Deborah Baker

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The last Englishmen : love, war and the end of empire
Title
The last Englishmen
Title remainder
love, war and the end of empire
Statement of responsibility
Deborah Baker
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
John Auden was a pioneering geologist of the Himalaya. Michael Spender was the first to draw a detailed map of the North Face of Mount Everest. While their younger brothers―W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender―achieved literary fame, they vied to be included on an expedition that would deliver Everest's summit to an Englishman, a quest that had become a metaphor for Britain's struggle to maintain power over India. To this rivalry was added another: in the summer of 1938 both men fell in love with a painter named Nancy Sharp. Her choice would determine where each man's wartime loyalties would lie. Set in Calcutta, London, the glacier-locked wilds of the Karakoram, and on Everest itself, The Last Englishmen is also the story of a generation. The cast of this exhilarating drama includes Indian and English writers and artists, explorers and Communist spies, Die Hards and Indian nationalists, political rogues and police informers. Key among them is a highborn Bengali poet named Sudhin Datta, a melancholy soul torn, like many of his generation, between hatred of the British Empire and a deep love of European literature, whose life would be upended by the arrival of war on his Calcutta doorstep. Dense with romance and intrigue, and of startling relevance for the great power games of our own day, Deborah Baker's The Last Englishmen is an engrossing story that traces the end of empire and the stirring of a new world order
Summary
Tells the true story of a pioneering geologist and an explorer/surveyor and their escalating rivalry as they fell in love with the same woman and also wanted to be the first Englishman to reach the summit of Mount Everest
Writing style
Biography type
collective biography
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10691939
Cataloging source
BT
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1959-
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Baker, Deborah
Dewey number
941.0840922
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Auden, W. H.
  • Auden, J. B
  • Spender, Stephen
  • Spender, Michael
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Great Britain
  • Everest, Mount (China and Nepal)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
love, war, and the end of empire
Label
The last Englishmen : love, war and the end of empire, Deborah Baker
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiv, 358 pages
Isbn
9781555978044
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The last Englishmen : love, war and the end of empire, Deborah Baker
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xxiv, 358 pages
Isbn
9781555978044
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print

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