Harold Nicolson

Nicolson, Sir Harold

Sir Harold Nicolson, 1886–1968, English biographer, historian, and diplomat, b. Tehran, Iran. Educated at Oxford, he entered the foreign office in 1909, and, until his resignation 20 years later, he represented the British government in various parts of the world. His work at the Paris Peace Conference (1919) prompted the study Peacemaking, 1919 (1933) and stimulated an interest in diplomacy that is reflected in Diplomacy (1939) and The Evolution of Diplomatic Method (1954, 3d ed. 1963). He served in the House of Commons from 1935 to 1945 and was knighted in 1953. Among the subjects of his skillful and sympathetic biographies are Paul Verlaine (1921), Tennyson (1923), Byron (1924), Swinburne (1926), Curzon (1934), Dwight Morrow (1935), King George V (1953), and Sainte-Beuve (1957). Other works include The Congress of Vienna (1946), Good Behaviour (1956), The Age of Reason (1961), and Kings, Courts, and Monarchy (1962). He was married to the novelist Vita Sackville-West.

See his diaries and letters, ed. by his son, Nigel Nicolson (3 vol., 1966–68); N. Nicolson, Portrait of a Marriage (1973).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Harold Nicolson: Selected full-text books and articles

Sir Harold Nicolson and International Relations: The Practitioner as Theorist
Derek Drinkwater.
Oxford University Press, 2005
Helen's Tower
Harold Nicolson.
Harcourt Brace & Company, 1938
Tennyson: Aspects of His Life, Character, and Poetry
Harold Nicolson.
Houghton Mifflin, 1925
Classics and Commercials: A Literary Chronicle of the Forties
Edmund Wilson.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1950
Librarian’s tip: "Through the Embassy Window: Harold Nicolson" begins on p. 121
Curzon: the Last Phase, 1919-1925: A Study in Post-War Diplomacy
Harold Nicolson.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1934
Why Britain Is at War
Harold Nicolson.
Penguin Books Limited, 1939
King George the Fifth: His Life and Reign
Harold Nicolson.
Constable, 1952
The Age of Reason: The Eighteenth Century
Harold Nicolson.
Doubleday, 1961
The Versailles Settlement--Was It Foredoomed to Failure?
Ivo J. Lederer.
D. C. Heath, 1960
Librarian’s tip: "Peacemaking 1919 -- A Critique" by Harold Nicolson begins on p. 17
The Evolution of Diplomatic Method
Harold Nicolson.
Constable, 1954
Kings, Courts and Monarchy
Harold Nicolson.
Simon & Schuster, 1962
Peacemaking, 1919, Being Reminiscences of the Paris Peace Conference
Harold Nicolson.
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1933
Portrait of a Diplomatist: Being the Life of Sir Arthur Nicolson, First Lord Carnock, and a Study of the Origins of the Great War
Harold Nicolson.
Houghton Mifflin, 1930
Sir Arthur Nicolson, Bart., First Lord Carnock: A Study in the Old Diplomacy
Harold Nicolson.
Constable & Co. Ltd., 1930
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