About the authors: Dr. Bennett is a lecturer in history at the University of Plymouth. He is the author of British Foreign Policy During the Curzon Period, 1919-1924 (Macmillan, Basingstoke, 1995) and, with Dr. r. Bennett, Survivors: British Merchant Seamen in the Second World War (Hambledon, London and Rio Grande, 1999).
Dr. Marion Gibson is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Exeter and Truro College. She researches Renaissance literature, witchcraft, and biography. Her books including Reading Witchcraft (Routledge, London, 1999), a forthcoming biography of a sixteenth-century exorcist, and a study of the occult to the present day.2000 0-7734-7790-X
Lord Curzon was one of the most significant figures in British politics in the early 20th century. This book critically examines a comparatively neglected period of his life: the period 1906 to 1925. During this last phase of his life he struggled to rebuild his career and life after suffering the humiliation of resigning as Viceroy of India in 1905, and the death of his wife in 1906. So successful was this rehabilitation that by May 1923 he stood on the threshold of becoming Prime Minister. This study analyzes that rehabilitation, and examines various facets of his life in detail, including his roles as husband, father, aristocrat, member of the Conservative party, leader of the Government in the House of Lords, statesman and politician. It casts new light on his career as a writer. It offers a substantial revision of one of the most complex and intriguing figures in 20 th-century British politics. In addition, in trying to come to a new understanding about Curzon, it also seeks to make a contribution to the growing debate about how biography is written. The book engages with that debate, and by its innovative structure and approach offers a way forward for the development of political biography.