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SAMSON: THE LIFE AND WRITINGS OF MENLOVE EDWARDS Geoffrey Sutton and Wilfrid Noyce 1961 1st UK ed Hardcover Fine no DJ issued
By Sutton, Geoffery and Wilfrid Noyce
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Stockport UK, Cloister Press, 1961, 1st edition. 122 pp, 8 b/w plates. Black cloth hardcover with no dust jacket as published. Fine.

Essays, short stories and poems by John Menlove Edwards, 1910-1958, leading British inter-wars climber, whose life ended in tragedy. Edited and with a biographical memoir by Wilfrid Noyce.

During World War II he was a conscientious objector. Menlove Edwards was homosexual and the only person he ever claimed as the love of his life was Wilfrid Noyce.  After an unhappy personal life, which made him vulnerable to bouts of depression, he committed suicide with a cyanide capsule in 1958.

John Menlove Edwards learned to climb at Helsby Crag in Cheshire and at age 21 made the first free ascent of Scafell's Central Buttress. Menlove Edwards' climbing style was described by Geoffrey Winthrop Young as, "..serpentine and as powerful as an anaconda coiling up loose or wet overhangs, I had the conviction that human adhesiveness in movement could go no further."
 
He was happier climbing overhangs and loose rock than his contemporaries and predecessors meaning he could pioneer climbs in new areas. He made hundreds of first ascents including many of the now-classic rock routes on the crags of the Llanberis Pass in Snowdonia such as 'Flying Buttress', 'Spiral Stairs', 'Crackstone Rib', 'Nea' and 'Brant'. As with other many other British climbers of his era he was passionately against the use of pitons.
 

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