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Enthusiasms Hardcover – July 24, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0711233294 ISBN-10: 0711233292

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (July 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711233292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711233294
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Easygoing elegance and scholarliness lightened by jouncing, irrepressible enthusiasm." - Katherine A. Powers, "A Reading Life", Barnes & Noble Review

About the Author

Mark Girouard was born in 1931. He is a British architectural writer, an authority on the country house, leading architectural historian, and the biographer of James Stirling.He worked for Country Life magazine firstly as its Architectural Writer, and then as its Architectural Editor until 1967. He was Slade Professor of Fine Art from 1975 to 1976, and was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1987. Among his many books is Elizabethan Architecture (2009) and Life in the English Country House, which won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize for 1978, and the WH Smith Literary Award in 1979. Writing with wit and erudition, Mark Girouard's works expertly explore the social history of the fabric in which we live. He lives in Notting Hill, London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LGL on December 9, 2012
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For years, many of us have enjoyed Mark Girouard's writing on architectural history, of which probably the best known is the book LIFE IN THE ENGLIH COUNTRY HOUSE. This current book, in effect, wraps up several of his "enthusiasms," which is the term he uses for the bits and bobs of characters and situations that interest him enough to go into further but about which he has not previously written per se. It's all interesting, but for me the highlight was reading about his relationship with his Great-Aunt Evie after the death of his mother - or, more to the point, his relationship with her houses (She was the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, widow of Victor, the ninth Duke), one of which was Hardwick Hall, a major piece of Elizabethan architecture. It's a behind-the-scenes look at how people who owned such places actually lived in them. If you like English architectural history and appreciate graceful writing, you'll like this. If you like Downton Abbey, the TV series, you'll probably like it. Otherwise, if you don't share Giroud's interests, you probably won't care for it, as his is a very specific sort of world.
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