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  • Paperback: 606 pages
  • Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation (9 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421267071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421267074
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,260,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Drinkwater (1 June 1882 – 25 March 1937) was an English poet and dramatist. Drinkwater was born in Leytonstone, London, and worked as an insurance clerk. In the period immediately before the First World War he was one of the group of poets associated with the Gloucestershire village of Dymock, along with Rupert Brooke and others. In 1918 he had his first major success with his play Abraham Lincoln. He followed it with others in a similar vein, including Mary Stuart and Oliver Cromwell. In 1924, his Lincoln play was adapted for a two-reel short film made by Lee DeForest and J. Searle Dawley featuring Frank McGlynn Sr. as Lincoln, and made in DeForest's Phonofilm sound-on-film process.[1] He had published poetry since The Death of Leander in 1906; the first volume of his Collected Poems was published in 1923. He also compiled anthologies and wrote literary criticism (e.g. Swinburne: an estimate (1913)), and later became manager of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. He was married to Daisy Kennedy, the ex-wife of Benno Moiseiwitsch. Drinkwater died in London in 1937. He is buried at Piddington, Oxfordshire, where he had spent summer holidays as a child. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marlandpictures on 8 Nov. 2012
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Nothing wrong with the product but it's written in the form of a play rather than a factual book. If I wanted to stage a play about Ollie, this would be grand but I wanted to read a factual account about him. Not sure if I will keep it on Kindle as yet, as I might have a go reading it but it's harder work than normal.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Bull on 14 April 2008
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Amazingly the publishing history of this little biography of Cromwell goes all the way back to 1939 - when the first Duckworth edition appeared. It thus predates both the work of Christopher Hill and Antonia Fraser, as well as the many more recent cogitations on the New Model Army and of the Cromwell Association. It was revised in the early 70s when a four page postscript and some updated bibliographical notes were added.

Nevertheless this volume has an excellent pedigree, having been penned by CV Wedgewood, arguably 'the' political Civil War historian of the mid twentieth century. Her best known works included the two part history of the wars and England from 1637 onward, 'King's Peace' and 'King's War', and a book on the trial of King Charles. She also corresponded with Brigadier Peter Young - who influenced many of her ideas on the military sphere.

The virtue of this little book is as a relatively simple potted history of the often complicated life and times of Cromwell. Though much has since been written it remains both useful and digestible. Particularly recommended for exam candidates who need to mug up in a hurry; readers with short attention spans who cannot face the great 'doorstep' biographies; and anybody keen to see how Wedgwood's thought developed from as long ago as the pre World War II period.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicky Hamlett on 18 Feb. 2009
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i bought this book for my husband but he has found it quite hard reading because it was written a very long time ago, which I did not realise when i bought it for him.
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By Mr. B. Boyden on 2 Nov. 2014
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Helped to understand the way in which Cromwell ended up as leader of the revolution.
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