The Times Great Lives: A Century In Obituaries

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HarperCollins UK, Feb 18, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 704 pages

The Times obituaries have given readers throughout the world an instant picture of a life for over 150 years. For many it is the first port of call in the newspaper. The Times Great Lives is a selection of over 100 of these pieces, reproduced in their entirety, by the current obituaries editor of The Times, Ian Brunskill.

This book provides a rich store of information and opinion on the most influential characters of the twentieth century – be they politicians, sportspeople, musicians, writers, artists, pop stars or military personnel. Included are the major figures that one would expect to find in a book of great 20th century lives such as Sigmund Freud and Diana, Princess of Wales. However, there are also some unexpected figures who were not necessarily in the limelight but whose lives have had an impact on the world we inhabit today.

Throughout the book there are pictures from The Times archive, some of which have not been seen since the obituary was first published. The Times brings world class journalism and research to this title.

 

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Contents

MAO TSETUNG
BENJAMIN BRITTEN
ELVIS PRESLEY
MARIA CALLAS
CHARLIE CHAPLIN
JESSE OWENS
JEANPAUL SARTRE
SIR ALFRED HITCHCOCK

NELLIE MELBA
SIR EDWARD ELGAR
MARIE CURIE
SIGMUND FREUD
AMY JOHNSON
VIRGINIA WOOLF
DAVID LLOYD GEORGE
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DROOSEVELT
ADOLF HITLER
GENERAL G S PATTON
JOHN MAYNARD KEYNES
HENRY FORD
MAHATMA GANDHI
GEORGE ORWELL
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
ARNOLD SCHOENBERG
JOSEPH STALIN
ALAN TURING
HENRI MATISSE
SIR ALEXANDER FLEMING
ALBERT EINSTEIN
HUMPHREY BOGART
ARTURO TOSCANINI
CHRISTIAN DIOR
DOROTHY L SAYERS
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
ANEURIN BEVAN
SIR THOMAS BEECHAM
ERNEST HEMINGWAY
MARILYN MONROE
JOHN F KENNEDY
LORD BEAVERBROOK
IAN FLEMING
T S ELIOT
SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
LE CORBUSIER
EARL ATTLEE
YURI GAGARIN
MARTIN LUTHER KING
ENID BLYTON
WALTER GROPIUS
BERTRAND RUSSELL
JIMI HENDRIX
PRESIDENT NASSER
COCO CHANEL
IGOR STRAVINSKY
LOUIS ARMSTRONG
DUKE OF WINDSOR
SIR NOEL COWARD
OTTO KLEMPERER
PABLO PICASSO
SAMUEL GOLDWYN
CHARLES LINDBERGH
P G WODEHOUSE
AGATHA CHRISTIE
HOWARD HUGHES
FIELD MARSHAL MONTGOMERY
MAE WEST
JOHN LENNON
BOB MARLEY
GLENN GOULD
GROUP CAPTAIN SIR DOUGLAS BADER
ORSON WELLES
HENRY MOORE
ANDY WARHOL
JACQUELINE DU PRÉ
SIR FREDERICK ASHTON
LAURENCE OLIVIER
SUGAR RAY ROBINSON
AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI
HERBERT VON KARAJAN
SAMUEL BECKETT
MARGOT FONTEYN
PEGGY ASHCROFT
MILES DAVIS
ROBERT MAXWELL
MENACHEM BEGIN
FRANCIS BACON
ELIZABETH DAVID
WILLY BRANDT
RUDOLF NUREYEV
RICHARD NIXON
JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS
FRED PERRY
HAROLD WILSON
JACQUES COUSTEAU
DIANA PRINCESS OF WALES
MOTHER TERESA
FRANK SINATRA
IRIS MURDOCH
STANLEY KUBRICK
YEHUDI MENUHIN
SIR ALF RAMSEY
RAISA GORBACHEV
SIR STANLEY MATTHEWS
BARBARA CARTLAND
SIR JOHN GIELGUD
SIR ALEC GUINNESS
DON BRADMAN
SPIKE MILLIGAN
CHRISTIAAN BARNARD
QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
BARBARA CASTLE
ALISTAIR COOKE
RONALD REAGAN
FRANCIS CRICK
YASSIR ARAFAT
POPE JOHN PAUL II
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Educated at the universities of Oxford and Hamburg, Ian Brunskill joined The Times in 1991. He succeeded the political commentator Anthony Howard as Obituaries Editor in February 1999, and took on the additional duties of Letters Editor in 2005; he is currently assistant editor. He is editor of The Times Great Lives (2005), The Times Great Victorian Lives (2007) and The Times Guide to the House of Commons (2015).

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