Memoirs of an Unjust Fella

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Faber & Faber, Jan 17, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages

Memoirs of an Unjust Fella, first published in 1980, is the autobiography of James Maude Richards (1907-1992): a personal account from the heart of the twentieth century's high controversies over modern architecture.

'The anonymity of a Times byline - 'Our Architectural Correspondent' - was, in some ways, the crowning achievement of [J.M. Richards'] public career. It made him the connection between architecture and the Establishment, a role for which he was peculiarly well fitted by background (Anglo-Irish, Church, Army and some land), training (Architectural Association School, plus practice in London, Ireland and North America) and professional experience as the editor of the Architectural Review on and off since 1935. And he knew absolutely everybody... Among the illustrations to Unjust Fella, there is a group photograph of the entire Modern Movement in architecture (the lot, bar Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe), and there's Jim, modestly in the back row but practically in the middle.'
Reyner Banham, London Review of Books

 

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Contents

Title Page Epigraph List of Illustrations Foreword
AngloIrish
Family Circle
Horses inthe Streets 4 Trials of aSlow Developer
A Brace of Original Hotels
Innocents Abroad
Go West YoungMan
Irish Sweep
Knowing People 11 Introduction to Finland 12 A Babel of Tongues
The Modern Movement
The Editors Suitcase
Cathedral Under Fire
A Different Kindof Editor 17 Journey Away fromthe
Around theFertile Crescent 19 Picking up Threads
Foreign Affairs 21 A Faint RollofThunder 22 Interlude in Hong Kong 23 An Expanding World 24 Winds of Change 25 The Burgeoning Volcano 2...
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