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From Whitehall to a sergeants' mess in India, commuter Sevenoaks to Hitler's Berlin, pre-war Paris to working-class Bristol: this is the partial autobiography of C.H.Sisson. 'On the Lookout', concentrating on Sisson's first half-century, will surprise the readers of his poems and essays both by its candour and reticence. it is ...
On the Lookout: A Partial Autobiography
From Whitehall to a sergeants' mess in India, commuter Sevenoaks to Hitler's Berlin, pre-war Paris to working-class Bristol: this is the partial autobiography of C.H.Sisson. 'On the Lookout', concentrating on Sisson's first half-century, will surprise the readers of his poems and essays both by its candour and reticence. it is the story of a poet's exposure to the history of our time as student, soldier, civil servant, novelist, critic and translator, and the development of his dissident English perspectives. It casts new light on the literary history of the 1930s and the 1960s, when Sisson was part of the X group. He gave up writing poetry at the age of 20, and started again on a troopship at the age of 28. 'On the Lookout' reveals a man pursued by rather than pursuing poetry. In the first of the book's four parts (written in 1964) Sisson is Under Secretary ay the Ministry of Labour. Reversing chronology, he follows himself back to the War. part two, written immediately after the war, gives a vivid picture of India seen through the yes of one of the British Other Ranks. The third part resumes the reverse narrative, tracing Sisson back from London to Paris and Nazi Germany, undergraduate days at Bristol, childhood and birth in 1941 in what has since become the Bristol Rover's Supporter's Club. The book ends with a 'Letter from the Present'.
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12.98 USD
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In English Perspectives Sisson presents half a century's reflection on politics. He pursues his early concerns through decades in which he developed an unusual combination of interests. Commitment to the continuance of the English tradition is an essential part of his work as a poet, translator and critic, as well ...
English Perspectives: Essays on Liberty and Government
In English Perspectives Sisson presents half a century's reflection on politics. He pursues his early concerns through decades in which he developed an unusual combination of interests. Commitment to the continuance of the English tradition is an essential part of his work as a poet, translator and critic, as well as in such book as The Spirit of British Administration with some European Comparisons and The Case of Walter Bagehot, which addressed subjects overtly political. A review of The Spirit of British Administration spoke of its 'agnosticism and empiricism', describing it as a 'brilliant attack on the theoreticians'. Sisson does not write on politics from the library or classroom but from years of work in Whitehall and first-hand acquaintance with government offices in a number of European countries. The centrality of this to the debate about Europe needs no special emphasis. Early essays collected here deal with matters surprisingly relevant to present controversies. One from 1940 wryly explores 'The Argument for Federal Union'. There are essays one the operation of government machinery abroad which throw more light on the subject than current public discussions on the EEC. Sisson stresses throughout those aspects of British practice which have importance beyond the immediate battles of the day.
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