Brian Howard. Portrait of a Failure

Brian Howard. Portrait of a Failure
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Brian Howard. Portrait of a FailureBrian Howard. Portrait of a FailureBrian Howard. Portrait of a Failure

Edited by Marie-Jacqueline Lancaster. Introduction by Maurice Richardson.

London. Anthony Blond Ltd. 1968. First edition. Blue cloth-bound hardback, dust jacket. xx, 639 pages. Hors-texte b&w plates. 235 x 160mm (9 x 6"). 1.2kg. . English. Very good; light shelf wear, yellowing to jacket, price-clipped. Ex libris bookplate of playwright Hugh Whitemore.

A scarce first edition of the biography of Brian Howard, one of the wittiest and most complex of the Bright Young Things. Howard was at Eton and Oxford; he was a poet, a practical joker and a magnificent party host. Evelyn Waugh may well have based his character of Anthony Blanche on him. Sadly he never achieved success with his poetry and his life ended with suicide in 1958. The biography includes reprints of several of Howard's poems.