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Dennison, Matthew

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Works: 27 works in 123 publications in 2 languages and 4,312 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Fiction 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works about Matthew Dennison
 
Most widely held works by Matthew Dennison
Queen Victoria : a life of contradictions by Matthew Dennison( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the critically acclaimed author of The Last Princess comes a witty and accessible account of Queen Victoria's life, exploring its irony and contradictions, as well as her lasting influence. Queen Victoria is Britain's queen of contradictions. In her combination of deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology; and romanticism and prudishness, she became a spririt of the age to which she gave her name. Victoria embraced photography, railway travel, and modern art; she resisted compulsory education for the working classes, recommended for a leading women's rights campaigner "a good whipping," and detested smoking. She may or may not have been amused. Meanwhile she reinvented the monarchy and wrestled with personal reinvention. She lived in the shadow of her mother and then under the tutelage of her husband; finally, she embraced self-reliance during her long widowhood. Fresh, witty, and accessible, Queen Victoria is a compelling assessment of Victoria's mercurial character and impact, written with the irony, flourish, and insight that this queen and her rule so richly deserve. - Jacket flap
'Over the hills and far away' : the life of Beatrix Potter by Matthew Dennison( Book )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 538 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inspired by the twenty-three "tales," Matthew Dennison takes a selection of quotations from Potter's stories and uses them to explore her multifaceted life and character: repressed Victorian daughter; thwarted lover; artistic genius; formidable country woman. This narrative charts her transformation from a young girl with a love of animals and fairy tales into a bestselling author and canny businesswoman -- so deeply unusual for the Victorian era in which she grew up
Livia, Empress of Rome : a biography by Matthew Dennison( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Second wife of the emperor Augustus, mother of his successor Tiberius, grandmother of Claudius, and great-grandmother of Caligula, the empress Livia lives close to the center of Roman political power for eight turbulent decades. In this new biography of the infamous empress Livia, Matthew Dennison brings to life a woman long believed to be one of the most feared villainesses of history
At home with colour by Matthew Dennison( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

FIRST IRON LADY by Matthew Dennison( Book )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 36 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thinker, politician, blagger, schemer, patroness and matriarch, Caroline of Ansbach is the great monarch Britain forgot it had. History has forgotten Caroline of Ansbach and yet in her lifetime she was compared frequently to Elizabeth I and considered by some as 'the cleverest Queen consort Britain ever had'. The intellectual superior of her buffoonish husband George II, Caroline is credited with bringing the Enlightenment to Britain through her sponsorship of red-hot debates about science, religion, philosophy and the nature of the universe. Encouraged by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, she championed inoculation; inspired by her friend Leibniz and Samuel Clarke, she mugged up on Newtonian physics; she embraced a salon culture which promoted developments in music, literature and garden design; she was a regular theatre-goer who loved the opera, gambling and dancing. Her intimates marvelled at the breadth of her interests. She was, said Lord Egmont, 'curious in everything'. Caroline acted as Regent four times whilst her husband returned to Hanover and during those periods she possessed power over all domestic matters. No subsequent royal woman has exercised power on such a scale. So why has history forgotten this extraordinary queen? In this magnificent biography, the first for over seventy years, Matthew Dennison seeks to reverse this neglect. The First Iron Lady uncovers the complexities of Caroline's multifaceted life from child of a minor German princeling who, through intelligence, determination and a dash of sex appeal, rose to occupy one of the great positions of the world and did so with distinction, elan and a degree of cynical realism. It is a remarkable portrait of an 18th-century woman of great political astuteness and ambition, a radical icon of female power."--
A life of contradictions by Matthew Dennison( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen Victoria is Britain's queen of contradictions. In her combination of deep sentimentality and bombast; cultural imperialism and imperial compassion; fear of intellectualism and excitement at technology; romanticism and prudishness, she became a spirit of the age to which she gave her name. This is a compelling assessment of Victoria's mercurial character and indelible impact
Behind the mask : the life of Vita Sackville-West by Matthew Dennison( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aristocrat, literary celebrity, 'Rose Queen', devoted wife, lesbian, recluse, iconoclast - Vita Sackville-West was many things, but she was never straightforward. Her life is re-told here in a dazzling new biography. In this stunning portrait of Vita Sackville-West, Matthew Dennison traces the triumph and contradictions of Vita's extraordinary life. His narrative charts a fascinating course from Vita's lonely childhood at Knole, through her affectionate but 'open' marriage to Harold Nicolson (during which both husband and wife energetically pursued homosexual affairs, Vita most famously with Virginia Woolf), and through Vita's literary successes and disappointments, to the famous gardens the couple created at Sissinghurst. The book tells how, from her privileged world of the aristocracy, Sackville-West brought her penchant for costume, play-acting and rebellion to the artistic vanguard of modern Britain. Dennison is the acclaimed author of many books including a biography of Queen Victoria. Here, in the first biography to be written of Vita for thirty years, he reveals the whole story and gets behind 'the beautiful mask' of Vita's public achievements to reveal an often troubled persona which heroically resisted compromise on every level. Drawing on wide-ranging sources and the extensive letters that sustained her marriage, this is a compelling story of love, loss and jealousy, of high-life and low points, of binding affection and illicit passion - a portrait of an extraordinary, 20th-century life
Queen Victoria : a life of contradictions by Matthew Dennison( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A fresh, witty, accessible life of Queen Victoria. Not since Lytton Strachey has the irony, contradictions and influence of this Queen been treated with such flourish or biographical insight. Reigning over a lifetime, Queen Victoria embodied the spirit of the contradictory era to which she lent her name. She championed modern art and photography but resisted education for the working classes and woman's suffrage; she advocated cultural imperialism, tempered by imperial compassion; in her deference to her husband Prince Albert and her protracted mourning of his death, she combined wifely submission with regal obstinacy. Original and accessible, 'Queen Victoria' is a compelling assessment of the ruler's mercurial character, her key relationships and her impact on her own age and beyond
A note of explanation : a little tale of secrets and enchantment from Queen Mary's doll's house by V Sackville-West( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A note of explanation : an undiscovered story from Queen Mary's dollhouse by V Sackville-West( Book )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first iron lady : a life of Caroline of Ansbach by Matthew Dennison( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History has forgotten Caroline of Ansbach, yet in her lifetime she was compared frequently to Elizabeth I and considered by some as 'the cleverest queen consort Britain ever had'. The intellectual superior of her buffoonish husband George II, Caroline is credited with hastening the Enlightenment to Britain through her sponsorship of red-hot debates about science, religion, philosophy and the nature of the universe. Encouraged by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, she championed inoculation; inspired by her friends Leibniz and Samuel Clarke, she mugged up on Newtonian physics; she embraced a salon culture which promoted developments in music, literature and garden design; she was a regular theatre-goer who loved the opera, gambling and dancing. Her intimates marvelled at the breadth of her interests. She was, said Lord Egmont, 'curious in everything'. Caroline acted as Regent four times while her husband returned to Hanover, and during those periods she possessed authority over all domestic matters. No subsequent royal woman has exercised power on such a scale. So why has history forgotten this extraordinary queen? In this magnificent biography, the first for over seventy years, Matthew Dennison seeks to reverse this neglect. The First Iron Lady uncovers the complexities of Caroline's multifaceted life: the child of a minor German princeling who, through intelligence, determination and a dash of sex appeal, rose to occupy one of the great positions of the world and did so with distinction, élan and a degree of cynical realism. It is a remarkable portrait of an eighteenth-century woman of great political astuteness and ambition, a radical icon of female power
Theory and simulation of liquid crystalline phases by Matthew Dennison( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oliver Akers Douglas : new paintings( Book )

1 edition published in 2004 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Vita : rebel, iconoclast and the woman behind the mask by Matthew Dennison( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The life of Vita Sackville-West : rebel, iconoclast and the woman behind the mask by Matthew Dennison( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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