Guy Burgess – A Portrait with Background, Tom Driberg – First Edition

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Guy Burgess – A Portrait with Background, Driberg, Tom. Published by London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1956. First Edition. 8vo up to 9½” tall., 124 pp. with black and white photo illustrations. Dark blue cloth boards with gilt spine titles. Contents have been gently read with neatly penned name and date (1958) to pastedown. Clipped jacket has some fading, chipping top edge and tiny closed tear top corner. A biography of Guy Burgess. The author and Burgess knew each other in the 1940’s; in August of 1956, Driberg traveled to Moscow to interview Burgess in person. At the time of its publication, the book and Driberg received some attention; some thought the book too sympathetic to Burgess and or vetted by the KGB; others thought it was a M15 plot to trap Burgess. (See Wheen, Francis: The Soul of Indiscretion: Tom Driberg, Poet, Philanderer, Legislator and Outlaw; originally published as Tom Driberg: His Life and Indiscretions by Chatto & Windus, London 1990).

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