Lord Randolph Churchill (book)

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Lord Randolph Churchill was a two-part biography written by Winston Churchill of his father, the Victorian politician Lord Randolph Churchill. It was first published in 1906.

Background[edit]

From 1903 until 1905, Churchill was engaged in writing Lord Randolph Churchill, a two-volume biography of his father which was published in 1906 and received much critical acclaim.[1] However, filial devotion caused him to soften some of his father's less attractive aspects.[2] Theodore Roosevelt, who had known Lord Randolph, reviewed the book as "a clever, tactful and rather cheap and vulgar life of that clever, tactful and rather cheap and vulgar egotist".[3] Some historians suggest Churchill used the book in part to vindicate his own career and in particular to justify crossing the floor.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roy Jenkins Churchill (Macmillan, 2001), pages 102-103 ISBN 0-333-78290-9
  2. ^ Roy Jenkins Churchill (Macmillan, 2001), page 101 ISBN 0-333-78290-9
  3. ^ Cannadine op cit p. 47.
  4. ^ e.g. Cannadine op cit p .41; Robert Rhodes James - Churchill: A Study in Failure p34-35

Sources[edit]

  • The Aristocratic Adventurer by David Cannadine; originally an essay entitled "Churchill: The Aristocratic Adventurer" in Aspects of Aristocracy.
  • Jenkins, Roy (2001). Churchill: A Biography. New York: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-78290-9.