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Wife to Mr. Milton and The Isles of Unwisdom (Millennium Graves)

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ISBN-13: 978-1857545852
ISBN-10: 1857545850
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Robert Graves (1895-1985), poet, classical scholar, novelist, and critic, was one of the gratest writers of the 20th Century. Athough he produced over 100 books he is perhaps best known for the novel I, CLAUDIUS (1934),THE WHITE GODDESS (1948) and GREEK MYTHS (1955). Robert Graves was born in Wimbledon, south London. His father, Alfred Percival Graves, was a school inspector, and his mother, Amalie von Ranke Graves, was a great-niece of the German historian Leopold von Ranke (1795-1866). He was educated at Charterhouse, and awarded a B.Litt by St. John's College, Oxford after his return from World war I, where he served alsongside Siegfried Sassoon. Robert Graves died in 1985 in Deja, the Majorcan village he had made his home (with the exception of the Spanish civil war and the Second World War) since 1929.
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Product Details

  • Series: Millennium Graves
  • Hardcover: 860 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd. (April 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857545850
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857545852
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,274,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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ROBERT GRAVES (1895-1985) was an English poet, translator, and novelist, one of the leading English men of letters in the twentieth century. He fought in World War I and won international acclaim in 1929 with the publication of his memoir of the First World War, Good-bye to All That. After the war, he was granted a classical scholarship at Oxford and subsequently went to Egypt as the first professor of English at the University of Cairo. He is most noted for his series of novels about the Roman emperor Claudius and his works on mythology, such as The White Goddess.

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This review concerns only the Islands of Unwisdom, yet another brilliant foray into history by the master (although I understand that the Wife of Mr. Milton is very good, too). The Islands of Unwisdom is set in the late 16th century (1595 or thereabouts) and concerns the second disasterous voyage by the Spaniards to the Islands of Solomon as recorded by the expedition's secretary and comic foil. The book has a very strong female lead who is quite complex (as are the other major characters--about 20 in all). Mr. Graves' sensibilities are so in tune with modern life, it is hard to understand how books like this sink without a trace. This book is the most damning indictment of colonialism I have ever read. It is also based on fact as recorded by the actual expedition's secretary (apparently, this document has yet to be translated in English).
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