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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico (6 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009950166X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099501664
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Stevenson has written a wonderfully vivid and intelligent book and one long overdue, to boot...This is her first biography and it is a gentle triumph of research and wit...is there nothing Jane Stevenson cannot do?" (Observer)

"Superlative... impressively researched and unerringly well-informed... one can think of half a dozen other British artists whose milieux are in some sense approximate to Edward Burra's and who would benefit from her engrossed and intensely sympathetic treatment" (D.J. Taylor TLS)

"Stevenson's triumphant debut as a biographer. She brings a novelist's sensibility to bear on her subject.... Her treatment of this brave, funny and inspiring artist is touching, totally unsentimental and supremely intelligent" (Sunday Times)

"Jane Stevenson makes a strong case for Burra's originality and integrity as an artist; his relentless creativity, always moving on" (Scotsman)

"Edward Burra painted unusual, vivid, insightful pictures. Privately he exhibited loyalty, wit and a great gluttonous appetite for gossip. Jane Stevenson soaks up every quality... A fascinating, eccentric look at a fascinating eccentric" (Heather Thompson Observer)

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`fine biography...his letters, meanwhile, are full of delightfully camp wit, and Jane Stevenson quotes from them generously'

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dr. S. J. Wyatt on 3 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a well-written and well-researched biography of the wonderfully quirky Edward Burra. But its value is greatly diminished by the failure to include a single reproduction of the artist's work. This is publisher penny-pinching at its worst.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Foscari on 9 Oct 2010
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I can well understand the critical applause which greeted this publication: it begins with a remarkably acute recreation of Burra's background and early years. But - as if drunk on the incredible wealth of the Burra archive - it soon degenerates into a tiresome chronology of Burra's rackety maturity, lurching between bars, brothels and endless squalid liaisons... great fun for connoisseurs of Britain's twentieth-century Bohemian low-life but totally unrevealing of Burras's artistic vision. There is no informed analysis of Burra's pictorial craft. There is not a single reproduction of Burra's painting in the whole of this publication - which compounds the dearth of access to his legacy in public collections. Ultimately, I found this a deeply disappointing purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By leechcon on 30 Nov 2012
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I was quite dissappointed with this lenghty and often boring text.I expected to see masses of Burra's pictures and a narration on how he was inspired to create them.Short answer, not a one in the full text.LEFT ME UNIMPRESSED WITH THE AUTHOR'S DESIGN AND EXECUTION OF THE NARRATIVE.OK IF YOU LIKE THE EXCESSIVE NAME DROPPING AND SMALL TALK CONNECTED TO THIS GREAT MAN'S LIFE.
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