From Library Journal
Grove expands its "Great Lives" series with these top-shelf biographies. Arvin's portrait of Melville snagged a National Book Award (NBA) in 1950 and is still a leading title on the sailor turned author. Germaine de Stael vigorously opposed Napoleon and had affairs with the leading intellectuals of her day, all of which are marvelously detailed in Herold's 1958 volume, which also won an NBA. Though not a prize winner, Turnbull's portrait of the short, unhappy life of Scott Fitzgerald was the leading biography of its time (1962) before being bested by Matthew Bruccoli's Some Sort of Epic Grandeur in 1981. All of these volumes are worthy editions to public and academic library collections.
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About the Author
Andrew Turnbull was born and spent his early years in Baltimore, He graduated from Princeton in 1942 and earned his Ph. D in European history from Harvard in 1954. During the Second World War he served as a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy. After the war he worked in Paris for several years and returned to America to enter the Harvard Graduate School. From 1954 to 1958 he was an instructor in the humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He then turned his attention to writing, until his death in 1970.
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