New York: Century, 2004. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover with Dust Jacket.
A Fine Hardcover in a Fine Dust Jacket. No Flaws or Blemishes but minimal shelf handling; Still Gift Quality. 9.5 inches tall; 512 pages with a bibliographical note, an index and with illustrations.
Fine / Fine. Item #17242
Delve into the intricate, multi-faceted portrait of a man widely regarded as the preeminent British novelist of the twentieth century, Patrick O'Brian. This narrative takes us on an insightful journey through O'Brian's life, culminating in his momentous decision to relocate to the picturesque Collioure in the south of France.
Nikolai Tolstoy, O'Brian's stepson and a 45-year companion, peels back the layers of the author's life, revealing the origins of O'Brian's literary inspiration, which would later draw comparisons to luminaries like Jane Austen and Homer. Tolstoy's close relationship with O'Brian, their shared French home, extensive correspondence, and his access to a treasure trove of O'Brian's personal papers and notebooks, showcased here, combine to create a definitive biography.
With sixteen pages of accompanying illustrations, this biography pays the ultimate tribute to Patrick O'Brian, a literary giant deserving of thorough exploration and understanding.