London: Thornton Butterworth Ltd. First Edition Proof Copy. Original wrappers. Very Good. RARE ADVANCE PROOF COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION. One of Churchill's most enduring works, Great Contemporaries contains Churchill's candid and insightful portraits of some of the most influential and intriguing individuals of his time. Includes essays on Shaw, Chamberlain, Balfour, Clememceau, T.E. Lawrence, Hitler, and others. Illustrated with full-page photographic portraits of each subject. Excerpts: On T.E. Lawrence: "Lawrence was one of those beings whose pace of life was faster and more intense than the ordinary. Just as an aeroplane only flies by its speed and pressure against the air, so he flew best and easiest in the hurricane. He was not in complete harmony with the normal." On George Bernard Shaw: "Few people practise what they preach, and no one less so than Mr. Bernard Shaw... The world has long watched with tolerance and amusement the nimble antics and gyrations of this unique and double-headed chameleon, while all the time the creature was eager to be taken seriously." On Hindenburg: "We may be sure that the renowned veteran had not motive but love of country, and that he did his best with declining mental strength to cope with problems never before presented to a ruler." London: Thornton Butterworth, Ltd., 1937. Octavo, original wrappers; custom silk box. Some soiling to wrappers (particularly to spine); small blemish on rear wrapper. An excellent copy of the rare proof.
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