by Ruth Scurr

Marking the 200th anniversary of his death, Napoleon is an unprecedented portrait of the emperor told through his engagement with the natural world.

“How should one envisage this subject? With a great pomp of words, or with simplicity?” ―Charlotte Brontë, “The Death of Napoleon”

The most celebrated general in history, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) has for centuries attracted eminent male writers. Since Thomas Carlyle first christened him “our last Great Man,” regiments of biographers have marched across the same territory, weighing campaigns and conflicts, military tactics and power politics. Yet in all this time, no definitive portrait of Napoleon has endured, and a mere handful of women have written his biography―a fact that surely would have pleased him.

Interview with the Author

The Book Club
Ruth Scurr: Napolean’s life in gardens and shadows
5/5/21         48 min

Arts & Ideas
Napolean the gardener and art thief
5/5/21        46 min

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