Om Painting as a Pastime
The first volume of Churchills two-volume biography of his father was an ambitious project. Lord Randolph Churchill had been a much-maligned character toward the middle and end of his life, and part of the purpose of this biography was to lift the haze of scandal surrounding his name.
This first volume deals with early events in Lord Randolph Churchills life, including his upbringing, his education, and his quarrel with the Prince of Wales over a woman being courted by his brother. This episode resulted in a temporary exile from society that would serve as a prequel to Randolphs later disgrace. While Churchill is clearly a supporter of his fathers, he is not afraid to be honest about the mistakes and failures of his career and personal life.