I could have fancied her

Angela Carter

  • Beauty in History: Society, Politics and Personal Appearance c. 1500 to the Present by Arthur Marwick
    Thames and Hudson, 480 pp, £18.95, September 1988, ISBN 0 500 25101 0

Back in the Sixties, a decade which evidently I enjoyed rather more than did your contributor, Janet Watts (LRB, 8 December 1988), Kenneth Clark published a contribution to art history called The Nude. A disgruntled friend of mine opined that if the author had any integrity, he’d have started off his opus: ‘Wankers, ahoy!’ (Oh, the jaunty irreverence of those days of intellectual ferment, and its reassertion of the best characteristics of British humour – funny, vulgar, true.)

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