The Early Life of James McBey: An Autobiography, 1883-1911
This autobiographical account of the early years of James McBey (1883-1959) describes his life as a self-taught boy from a humble north east village. Writing with charismatic frankness and realism, McBey describes his passionate desire to be an artist from his first etchings (printed with the help of an old mangle) to the moment when he left his job to strike out for Holland to create a life of his own.
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Easily one of the best autobiographies I've read. I knew of McBey as a collector of historical papers, but this brief book is his story from the earliest days of his life until the time he left a ... Read full review
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