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The Surrender of Silence

by Ironfoot Jack, Phil Baker

Part of the Strange Attractor Press Series

The Surrender of Silence Synopsis

The life of escape artist, fortune-teller, author and raconteur Ironfoot Jack, aka Jack Rudolph Neave (1881-1959), the self-styled King of the Bohemians in London's Soho. I became acquainted with gipsies, with show people, with buskers, with people who entertained the public by performing in the city, on fair grounds and market places...and with a variety of fiddles -that is, some dubious methods of obtaining the means of life. I became a member of this fraternity. -from The Surrender of Silence Escape artist, fortune-teller, author, and raconteur Ironfoot Jack, aka Jack Rudolph Neave (1881-1959), the self-styled King of the Bohemians, was a well-known Soho character in pre- and postwar London. His rich and enthralling story of a lifestyle now gone forever was dictated as his portrait was being painted by the artist Timothy Whidborne in 1956. It was then entrusted to a Soho acquaintance, the author Colin Wilson whose first book The Outsider, had been a success in the same year. Despite his efforts, Wilson failed to find a publisher and, after his death, the manuscript was discovered among his papers by his bibliographer Colin Stanley, who assembled the text, which is accompanied by a contextual introduction by cultural historian Phil Baker. Jack wrote that The Surrender of Silence was the outcome of years of struggle to survive; of solving the problem of existence by various and curious methods... Most of the people I am talking about led a precarious life and obtained their livelihood from day to day.... They worked to live; they did not live to work. This Strange Attractor Press edition is the first publication of this legendary work.

The Surrender of Silence Press Reviews

A fascinating journey into a forgotten world, with Ironfoot Jack as our eccentric guide. -Magonia Review of Books

Book Information

ISBN: 9781907222658
Publication date: 24th August 2018
Author: Ironfoot Jack, Phil Baker
Publisher: Strange Attractor Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Erotic confessions & true stories,

About Ironfoot Jack, Phil Baker

Colin Stanley is an author and the editor of Colin Wilson Studies. Phil Baker's other books include The Dedalus Book of Absinthe, a biography of Dennis Wheatley, The Devil is a Gentleman, and critical works on Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs. He lives in London.

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