Nikolaus Pevsner: The Life is the first full biography of the begetter of The Buildings of England. It draws on the diaries he kept all his life, and a vast store of family letters, as well as the professional correspondence of an astonishing career in both Germany and England. It won a Wolfson History Prize in 2012 and was short-listed for the Duff Cooper and James Tait Black Prizes.
‘This is how I am, this is my background. And this is what I love in people – everything I am not.’
Nikolaus Pevsner, Leipzig, 1918
‘Pevsner has been... a bringer of riches, the entertainment, the wisdom of architectural scholarship to more people probably than any man alive.’
John Summerson, London, 1967