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  • Noel Polk (1943–2012)

    It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death last week of Noel Polk, Professor Emeritus in English literature at Mississippi State University. ...

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  • Rhapsodies in Blue

    Several years ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to the unveiling of a plaque to honour Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein and The ...

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  • Friday, 17 August 2012

    Last week I went to press pass Edward Lear’s Birds at the printers Appl, in the lovely Bavarian village of Wemding. The printer was a ...

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  • In the Beginning

    Recently, Observer Associate Editor (and occasional Folio contributor) Robert McCrum announced his list of some of the most memorable closing lines in literature. Here at ...

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  • Monday, 16 July 2012

    Historically my public speaking engagements have been noted for their rarity, but there has been a string of them in the past few weeks – ...

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