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Still Life

Richard Cobb

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ISBN
9780571252978
Date Published
04.06.2009
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Summary

Still Life: Sketches from a Tunbridge Wells Childhood (the sub-title is important) was first published in 1984. It won the J.R. Ackerley Prize for Literary Biography in that year. It is a classic among middle-class memoirs. In twenty-one short chapters the town is vividly anatomized. So too are its residents: meet Dr Ranking and, best of all, meet the Limbury-Buses living a life of contented ossification.

‘Cobb remembers, and that, as well as his redeeming freedom from all conventional standards of dignity and relevance, is what makes this offbeat, capricious book a rare treasure’. John Carey, Sunday Times

‘A remarkable feat of making purest autobiography part of a general, social history… Cobb has broken one of the strangest silences in English social commentary; on the missing history of the English bourgeoisie’. Michael Neve, Times Literary Supplement

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Richard Cobb (1917-1996) was born at Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, brought up in Tunbridge Wells, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Merton College, Oxford. His first calling was as an historian, he was Professor of Modern History at Oxford from 1973-1984, and his passion was for France and more especially the radical phase of the French Revolution. He was winner of Wolfson…

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