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Going to Extremes

Going to Extremes

The Adventurous Life of Harry de Windt

by Stephen Wade
Hardback
Publication Date: 01/11/2016
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Harry de Windt (1856-1933) was a man who, by any standards, was a personality, a marked presence in the world of Victorian and Edwardian literature and social life. He was a member of the literary circle around Oscar Wilde and his friend and lover, Bosie (Lord Alfred Douglas); he was active in the world of the turf; and he traveled - he took on dangerous journeys with relish, crossing vast tracts of the British and Russian empires for the sheer thrill of it. This book traces his life and adventures, at home and abroad, and also gives an account of his early work on military service in Sarawak, Malaysia, his expert knowledge of the Russian prison system, and his later Great War role running a POW camp.

Many of his books reflect epic journeys against the odds: From Paris to New York by Land, Savage Europe, Siberia As It Is and others. His autobiographical work, My Restless Life, perhaps sums up his nature.

Interesting facts:

* Harry de Windt was brother to the Ranee of Sarawak and fought against rebels there in his early career
* He visited the penal colony on the Russian island of Sakhalin close to the same time that Anton Chekhov went there
* He appeared as a witness in the trial for libel of Lord Alfred Douglas, as he blamed Winston Churchill for the heavy losses in the Battle of Jutland
* On his travels he met a host of interesting people - from murderers to statesmen

ISBN:
9781473863545
9781473863545
Category:
Biography: general
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
01-11-2016
Language:
English
Publisher:
Pen & Sword Books Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Dimensions (mm):
241.3x165.1mm
Stephen Wade

Stephen Wade is a social historian, specialising in the history of crime and the law in Britain and Ireland. Amongst his many published true crime and crime history books are those he has written for Pen & Sword's Family History series. These include "Tracing Your Criminal Ancestors, Tracing Your Legal Ancestors" and "Tracing Your Police Ancestors". He has also contributed to Family Tree Magazine, Who Do You Think You Are? magazine and other periodicals.

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