Behind Every Great Man

JANE RIDLEY/PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT ARCHIVE, NEW DELHI

VALUES: Lutyens' wife, Emily, played second fiddle to his work

Other people's marriages never cease to intrigue and puzzle. One that lasts for 47 years through two world wars, constant money worries, international fame and five children would seem solidly based on shared interests and attitudes and aligned emotions and temperaments. But as Jane Ridley demonstrates in this engrossing study of the relationship between Edwin Lutyens, the leading English architect of the first half of the 20th century, and his wife Emily, nothing could be further from the truth.

Lutyens — the prolific and imaginative designer behind much of Imperial New Delhi, London's Cenotaph war memorial and scores...

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