This Charming Man

Frank Kermode

  • The Collected and Recollected Marc edited by Mark Amory
    Fourth Estate, 51 pp, £25.00, November 1993, ISBN 1 85702 164 9

It sometimes happens that an exceptionally talented person dies rather young, leaving behind him friends, still in their prime, who happen to be good writers – witness the posthumous celebrations of Shelley and D.H. Lawrence. Mark Boxer was famous at Cambridge; he was even famous for the manner of his leaving it; and then, without serious intermission, he became and remained famous in London. And so, throughout his life, he was unwittingly acquiring eulogists.

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