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The Professor and the Parson by Adam Sisman
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The Professor and the Parson by Adam Sisman
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Feb 04, 2020 | ISBN 9781640093287

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Longlisted for the ALCS Gold Dagger for Non–Fiction

“Amusing and elegantly written.” —Lawrence Osborne, The New York Times Book Review

“Adam Sisman consistently strikes an ideal balance of intellect and feeling, seriousness and levity, rigor and readability. He’s also intriguingly unpredictable in his choice of subjects and never more so than with The Professor and the Parson . . . Meticulously researched and flawlessly written, the book treats its obscure, contemptible subject with the same professionalism that Mr. Sisman brought to Trevor–Roper and the Boswell–Johnson relationship. If Peters seems a parody of the lecherous clergyman and the ruthless academic, Mr. Sisman is a model of the incorruptible biographer.” —Ben Downing, The Wall Street Journal

“A reader’s delight . . . [An] excellent account of a sanctimonious, egotistical crook and hypocrite.” —Michael Dirda, The Washington Post

“An astonishing story of decades of deception by a slithery English academic and cleric . . . Jaw–dropping . . . A captivating true tale that makes even the most intricate con–artist movies look cartoonish.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This gripping account of a recalcitrant 20th–century con man from National Book Critics Circle Award–winner Sisman proves the old adage that truth is stranger than fiction.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Riveting . . . Sisman tells this delectable tale with such flair that it is almost impossible not to savor his account of Peters’s exploits in a single sitting.” —Spectator USA

“Entertaining . . . Far from being the lovable rogue of fiction and film, Peters emerges as a quite despicable, though endlessly fascinating, character.” —Patricia Hagen, Star–Tribune (Minneapolis)

“I was captivated from start to finish by this utterly mad, and wholly delightful story of chicanery and fantasy, and which involves a man who relentlessly duped our most cherished institutions of godly pursuit and higher learning. Plus I learned how to defrock a priest, always good to have on hand in these troubling times.” —Simon Winchester, author of The Perfectionists

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