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Maxwell’s Ghost: An Epilogue to Gavin Maxwell’s Camusfearna

Biography & autobiography


by
Richard Frere

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 256 pages

File size: 2.4 MB

Protection: DRM

Language: English

First published by Gollancz, then by Balnain, Maxwell’s Ghost is a classic account of the life and achievements of Gavin Maxwell, whose work and beliefs have attained an almost mythical status. Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell is one of the most famous and best selling books of natural history in the twentieth century. Yet the man who wrote it remains a fascinating and enduring enigma. This is a personal and sympathetic look at this extraordinary man during his last tumultuous years. Maxwell’s Ghost caused a stir when it was published in 1976 because it dealt candidly with its subject’s homosexual friendships. This aspect of the man had not been common knowledge even among Maxwell’s close friends, and certainly had not been touched upon in the 1969 film of Ring of Bright Water which Frere always called ‘notably inane’ or in Maxwell’s memoir from the previous year, Raven Seek Thy Brother. Frere denied sensationalizing in his book. He said that Maxwell had asked him on his death-bed to write it, and ‘demanded that I write a true and impartial account’. Maxwell’s Ghost is a grittily honest portrayal of Gavin Maxwell through the destruction of Camusfearna to his final acceptance of the inevitability of his death.

First published by Gollancz, then by Balnain, Maxwell’s Ghost is a classic account of the life and achievements of Gavin Maxwell, whose work and beliefs have attained an almost mythical status. Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell is one of the most famous and best selling books of natural history in the twentieth century. Yet the man who wrote it remains a fascinating and enduring enigma. This is a personal and sympathetic look at this extraordinary man during… (more)

First published by Gollancz, then by Balnain, Maxwell’s Ghost is a classic account of the life and achievements of Gavin Maxwell, whose work and beliefs have attained an almost mythical status. Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell is one of the most famous and best selling books of natural history in the twentieth century. Yet the man who wrote it remains a fascinating and enduring enigma. This is a personal and sympathetic look at this extraordinary man during his last tumultuous years. Maxwell’s Ghost caused a stir when it was published in 1976 because it dealt candidly with its subject’s homosexual friendships. This aspect of the man had not been common knowledge even among Maxwell’s close friends, and certainly had not been touched upon in the 1969 film of Ring of Bright Water which Frere always called ‘notably inane’ or in Maxwell’s memoir from the previous year, Raven Seek Thy Brother. Frere denied sensationalizing in his book. He said that Maxwell had asked him on his death-bed to write it, and ‘demanded that I write a true and impartial account’. Maxwell’s Ghost is a grittily honest portrayal of Gavin Maxwell through the destruction of Camusfearna to his final acceptance of the inevitability of his death.

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