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(NELSON, Horatio). VINCENT, Edgar. Nelson : Love & Fame. New Haven & London: Yale University Press, (2003). First Printing. Pp. (4),[v]-xiii,(1),- 640,(2), including frontispiece, illustrated endpapers, maps and diagrams to text +  pages of plates. Thick 8vo, black cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "The story of Horatio Nelson's life - his naval glory, public fame, charismatic leadership, scandalous romance, and untimely death as he led the British to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar. This biography of Nelson (1758-1805) presents an account of his climb to fame as well as the details ofhis personal and emotional life. A man of contradictions, Nelson emerges i n this biography as a ruthless and aggressive leader, the epitome of a fighting commander; an ambitious attention-seeker capable of self-pity, self-delusion and childish behaviour; yet to be admired for his transcendent courage, kindness and leadership skills, which inspired love and affection in those he led. Edgar Vincent builds on research and examines the extensive primary sources, seeking to enlarge our understanding of Nelson the man. He offers interpretations of Nelson's victories to illustrate his grasp of today's concept of mission-command two centuries ahead of his time; his disobedience of his Commander-in-Chief's orders; and his part in the bloody and chaotic Napoleonic counter-revolution. Vincent also analyses the motives and attitudes of key figures who surrounded him, among them Earl Spencer, Earl St Vincent, Sir William Hamilton and Thomas Troubridge. Interwoven with the events of Nelson's career is his emotional journey, his early infatuations,his courtship and marriage with Frances Nisbet, and his all-consuming affa ir with his mistress Lady Hamilton, one of the most celebrated beauties of the 18th century and the mother of his child. Captured on these pages in all his vigour and complexity, Nelson is as chatismatic a figure today as he was nearly two hundred years ago." - from the dust jacket. Introduction. Part I. Early Years. 1. Foundations for Life; 2. Captain Suckling's Legacy; 3. Five Frustrating Years; 4. Trying To Get Noticed; 5. Black marks and on the Beach. Part II. Unhonoured & Unsung. 6. Melpomene, Minerve, La Fortune [three French frigates]; 7. 'Totally Neglected'; 8. 'My Disposition Can't Bear Tame and Slow Measures'; 9. 'It is Active Young Men that arwe wanted, not Drones'. Part III. The Making of an Icon. 10. Into the Limelight; 11. Hubris; 12. The Admiralty Dips for Nelson; 13. The Hero Ascends; 14. The Nile.Part IV. Finding Love. 15. Hero Meets Heroine; 16. Disappointments, Dilemm as, and Disharmony; 17. Neapolitan Affairs; 18. Soulmates; 19. Public Fame & Private Pain. Part V. Winning & Losing. 20. Bitter-seet Emotions; 21. Copenhagen; 22. Phoney War; 23. Fame without Fortune. Part VI. The Road to Trafalgar. 24. Commander-in-Chief; 25. Waiting; 26. French Diversions; 27. Dame Fortune's Last Favour. Exeunt omnes. With notes, bibliography and index. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 25.00
Title: Nelson : Love and Fame. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher: Yale University Press, New Haven, 2003, ISBN:0300097972:
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