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Escape Artist

The Nine Lives of Harry Perry Robinson

Joseph McAleer



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Oxford University Press
27 August 2020
The amazing story of Harry Perry Robinson, the British born adventurer whose career as American gold prospector and railroad baron, war correspondent and Times journalist not only unfolds like a Boy's Own adventure, but also involved him in everything from the election of a US President to the discovery of the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

The first biography of Harry Perry Robinson; a modern-day Renaissance Man, born adventurer, and master of reinvention, this is a new window onto the key world events of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. It explores Perry Robinson's role in the 1884 gold rush, the 1896 U.S. Presidential Election, the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and, as the only newspaper correspondent to cover the First World War in its entirety, the book includes his unique perspective on events including the Somme.
By:   Joseph McAleer
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 221mm,  Width: 147mm,  Spine: 37mm
Weight:   506g
ISBN:   9780198794943
ISBN 10:   0198794940
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   27 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction: The English Family Robinson 1: Innocent Abroad, 1883-1886 2: Tycoon in Training, 1887-1894 3: Junior Kingmaker, 1895-1899 4: London Bookman, 1900-1905 5: Man of The Times, 1906-1913 6: War Correspondent, 1914-1918 7: World Traveler, 1919-1922 8: Tut Factotum, 1923 9: Elder Statesman, 1924-1929 Epilogue: 1930 Notes Bibliography Index

Joseph McAleer's previous books include Popular Reading and Publishing in Britain, 1914-1950 (OUP, 1992), which received the inaugural Longmans History Today Book of the Year Award; Passion's Fortune: The Story of Mills & Boon (OUP, 1999); and Call of the Atlantic: Jack London's Publishing Odyssey Overseas, 1902-1916 (OUP, 2016). He has held a variety of interesting jobs, including college professor, administrator of Hawthornden Castle, corporate PR head, spokesman for the Roman Catholic Church, publisher, and national film critic.

Reviews for Escape Artist: The Nine Lives of Harry Perry Robinson

What McAleer has come up with is a forensic yet readable account of the gifted, personally adventurous but politically conservative Robinson. * Dominic Maxwell, The Times * Robinson's journalistic career gave him a ringside seat at some of the most dramatic events of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from the American Gold Rush of the 1880s to the excavation of Tutankhamun's tomb. He had the three crucial attributes common to all great reporters: an eye for a good story, the wit and tenacity to research it properly and the ability to write it up in an entertaining way ... Joseph McAleer has performed a valuable service in bringing his fine work to the fore. * William Cook, The Spectator * Escape Artist is well researched and, for the most part, well-written * Wall Street Journal * I don't think I've ever enjoyed a memoir as much as I enjoyed this life of Harry Perry Robinson. The book is a 'keeper' that I intend to read more than once. Author Joseph McAleer has done us a great favor by so ably bringing this complex and intriguing character to life again. * David F. Beer, Roads to the Great War * Here is a life out of the ordinary that holds especial interest. * Philip Waller, University of Oxford, author of Writers, Readers, and Reputations: Literary Life in Britain 1870-1918 *

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