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Edwin Lutyens
  • Published: 15 March 2003
  • ISBN: 9780712668224
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $65.00

Edwin Lutyens

His Life, His Wife, His Work



'The stature of Edwin Lutyens as an artist is beyond dispute; what remains tantalising is the psychology of that extraor

The biography of a witty, complex personality, a man who had little formal education and yet became the greatest English architect since Wren. Edwin Lutyens produced his most significant work in the heyday of the British Empire, the English weekend country house party and a vanished social world.

Lively new life of Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), the greatest English architect since Christopher Wren. Also a portrait of a marriage. Sympathetic, knowledgeable, entertaining and often funny, this is a biography to relish.

  • Published: 15 March 2003
  • ISBN: 9780712668224
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 496
  • RRP: $65.00

About the author

Jane Ridley

Jane Ridley is Professor of History at Buckingham University, where she teaches a course on biography. Her books include The Young Disraeli, acclaimed by Robert Blake as definitive; and a highly praised study of the architect Edwin Lutyens and his relationship with his troubled wife, which won the Duff Cooper Prize in 2003. Her most recent biography, Bertie: A Life of Edward VII was a Sunday Times bestseller and one of the most critically acclaimed books of its year. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Ridley writes book reviews for the Spectator and other newspapers, and has also appeared on radio and several television documentaries. She lives in London and Scotland.

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Praise for Edwin Lutyens

The stature of Edwin Lutyens as an artist is beyond dispute; what remains tantalising is the psychology of that extraordinary man. Jane Ridley analyses his character and investigates his misdemeanours and the tragedy of his marriage with unsentimental acuity to create a compelling new biography of Britain's greatest architect

Gavin Stamp

Jane Ridley's picture of the times is engrossingly full. Her story moves fast, the detail is well chosen, the architectural writing vigorous...a rich and enjoyable book

Jan Dalley, Financial Times

Her remorselessly intelligent take on Lutyens is strangely uplifting...a beguilingly obdurate love story...What a complex man, what an architect - and what a good book

Jay Merrick, Independent

This is an outstandingly good book, the best biography of an architect that I, at least, have ever read and as sad a story as Ford's The Good Soldier

Christopher Woodward, Spectator

Jane Ridely makes us admire his passion, his education, his dedication, his integrity. This is a truly excellent biography, sympathetic but not uncritical, always interesting and at times absolutely gripping

Lynn Barber, New Statesman

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