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Did Churchill Ever Admire Hitler? 1/3

Did Churchill Ever Admire Hitler? 1/3

Pho­to: Churchill Book Spe­cial­ist, http://www.wscbooks.com/

Part 1: “Gov­ern­ment by Dic­ta­tors”

The Hitler chap­ter in Churchill’s book Great Con­tem­po­raries, like the rest of the vol­ume, was derived from a pre­vi­ous arti­cle. In this case the orig­i­nal was “The Truth about Hitler,” in The Strand Mag­a­zine of Novem­ber 1935 (Cohen C481). Ronald Cohen notes in his Bib­li­og­ra­phy that Strand edi­tor Reeves Shaw, who paid WSC £250 for the arti­cle, want­ed Churchill to make it “as out­spo­ken as you pos­si­bly can…absolutely frank in your judg­ment of [Hitler’s] meth­ods.” It was.

Two years lat­er, when Churchill was prepar­ing his Hitler essay for Great Con­tem­po­raries, he char­ac­ter­is­ti­cal­ly sub­mit­ted it to the For­eign Office, which asked that he tone it down.…

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Printed Signatures and “Painting as a Pastime”

Printed Signatures and “Painting as a Pastime”

I recent­ly acquired Paint­ing as a Pas­time, reprint­ed 1965.  Across  from the title page is the mem­o­rable pho­to of Mr. Churchill at an easel.   Under this pho­to is his sig­na­ture.  The sig­na­ture seems authen­tic,  how­ev­er I am not an expert and am unsure.  For this edi­tion, is there a  sig­na­ture that has been print­ed under the pho­to?  —W.R.

Yes; it’s a print­ed sig­na­ture, present in every copy of the book. When Churchill actu­al­ly signed copies, it would usu­al­ly be on the first free end­pa­per, or occa­sion­al­ly on the title page. 

Paint­ing as a Pas­time, Churchill’s charm­ing essay on his chief hob­by (and oth­er hobbies—he is also big on books) was first pub­lished in The Strand mag­a­zine in 1921, reprint­ed in Thoughts and Adven­tures, and final­ly pub­lished as a vol­ume in its own right in 1948.…

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