Lewis, Cecil.


Shaftesbury, 1st ed., 1993. Viii + 210 pp., photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. 2 small scuffs to rear of d.j., & board o/w Nr.FINE. This unusual book charts the growth of a man through a highly coloured and varied career towards an inner life where deeper values prevail. Beginning with his childhood, this autobiography goes on to recount the author’s survival, flying with the RFC over the front line of the Somme Battle in 1916 and then travelling to Peking to teach the Chinese to fly. He went on to help found the BBC, wrote a highly successful book, directed the first Bernard Shaw films, picked up an Oscar for the script of Pygmalion in Hollywood, was married three times and had at least two highly romantic ‘affairs.’ Just after the end of the Second World War, the author became inspired by the teachings of a then little-known spiritual leader called Georgi Ivanovitch Gurdjieff and this book is an account of how this inner growth route affected the rest of his life.

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