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Sir Michael de Courcy Fraser Holroyd (1935-), Writer and biographer
Sitter in 6 portraits
Holroyd is one of Britain's leading biographers. His reputation was established in the late 1960s with his life of the Bloomsbury intellectual Lytton Strachey (two volumes, 1967-8). Other works include major biographies of leading twentieth-century cultural figures including the artist Augustus John (two volumes, 1974-5) and the playwright George Bernard Shaw (four volumes, 1988-92). He has written on the craft of biography and autobiography in Works on Paper (2002). Recent books include A Book of Secrets: Illegitimate Daughters, Absent Fathers (2010) and On Wheels (2012). An active campaigner for the promotion of literature and President of the Royal Society of Literature (2003-10).
by Lord Snowdon
vintage bromide print, 29 April 1980