My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book described Francis Bacon’s life’s – the famous English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. More details can be found at Wikipedia.
As a philosopher he played an important role as advocate and practitioner of the scientific method during the scientific revolution, even if this influence occurred only father his death.
As a biographer, Dame du Maurier doesn’t start to describe Bacon’s life since his childhood. On the contrary, this biography starts when Bacon was 40 years old, on the death of his brother. And his last years are described quite shortly in my opinion.
Certainly, this is not the best Bacon’s biography ever written since Dame du Maurier was not a master historian and/or biographer.
There is an interesting article written by J.G. Crowther, author of “Francis Bacon: the First Stateman of Science and published by the New Scientist.
An interesting link should be mentioned here: Francis Bacon Society which provides tons of information on Bacon’s works.
Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban c. 1618. Unknown: National Portrait Gallery, London.