Winston Churchill as writer.

As the rule people accept Winston Churchill as one of the most outstanding and influential political leaders of the 20th century. In fact Churchill was also a prolific and talented writer. In 1953 he was awarded with the Nobel Prize in Literature. During the ceremony they made special mention of his The Second World War “for his mastery of historical and biographical description as well as for brilliant oratory in defending exalted human values”. Moreover Churchill wrote lots of novels and stories. His bibliography is impressive indeed.

He started his writer's career in the late 1880s when he had to do something for living. In 1895 he wrote five articles devoted to the events of the Cuban War of Independence. The series of his articles was published in the Graphic. It is hard to believe but in fact writing was Churchill's not only hobby but income source.

Quite often Winston Churchill has been confused with his American namesake. Even some booksellers make mistakes attributing works by American Churchill as works by British Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Mostly novels by Winston Churchill were devoted to military campaigns of the 20th century. Among them are The Story of the Malakand Field Force that reveals the military events on the Northwest Frontier; The River War depicts the events of the British reconquest of the Sudan.

The most famous work written by Churchill is definitely The Second World War. This six volume collection depicts the main historical events taking place from the end of the First World War to the summer of 1945. Churchill tried to avoid to be too judgmental and critical. He said, “I will leave judgments on this matter to history – but I will be one of the historians”. At the same time Churchill was a politician. And it definitely had its influence.


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2 responses to “Winston Churchill as writer.”

  1. the51percent says :

    One of the greatest minds of our lifetime… at least mine. I need to know this and you can save me hours of time (as I am fortunate enough to have a job) as I ned to research this aspect of his life:

    Was he a Fabian?

    At some point in his life, at least it seems to me, he had a rude awakening and I want to know!

    I visited the underground rooms where he spoke to the British people during the Blitz and for the rest of the war.

    God we need more leaders like him… but what gave him that resolve? That is why I ask the question of socialism.


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