This second collection of his critical writings adds to the pleasure provided by the previous compilation published in ‘Speaking Volumes’. Not only is there special interest in the author’s personal aquaintance with some of his subjects, but his wide learning corrects many popular inaccuracies. )
At a time when a plethora of instant information is available world-wide at the touch of a finger, this collection of essays reminds us that a knowledge of past attitudes in literature and art is always necessary before any reasoned opinion may be expressed.
Richard Whittington-Egan was born in Liverpool in 1924, and he originally read medicine and was also to qualify for the Bar. During the Second World War he served in the army in France. Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Italy.
He has contributed articles and book reviews to many of Britain's leading newspapers and periodicals and spent 30 years on Fleet Street as a journalist with Associated Newspapers. A frequent radio broadcaster, he ran his own programme for Radio Merseyside, and made many television appearances.
A member of the Medico-Legal Society, and the Crimes Club, he is an acknowledged authority on Jack the Ripper, and has collaborated with his wife, Molly, in The Bedside Book of Murder.