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D.J. Enright, 15 August 1991

The New Oxford Book of 16th-Century Verse 
edited by Emrys Jones.
Oxford, 809 pp., £25, June 1991, 0 19 214126 0
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... archaic enough. But this famous great work has always daunted me. Chambers gave 30 poems from Wyatt, Jones prints 28 plus one attribution, and they have 12 poems in common, including ‘They flee from me’, ‘And wilt thou leave me thus?’ and ‘Mine own John Poyntz’. Where they differ in choice, it might be ventured that Jones’s, though still ...
The Myth of the Blitz 
by Angus Calder.
Cape, 304 pp., £17.99, September 1991, 9780224022583
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... It was strong enough to bring Labour to power in 1945, the spirit of equality moving even Woodrow Wyatt (then writing, like me, for Tribune) to say that all inheritances should be limited to £20,000. Yet within a few years the impulse faded, and only the concomitants of rationing and bureaucracy remained. Orwell’s remark that there was no way in which one ...

Two Poems

August Kleinzahler, 9 January 2014

... down outside, listening to Scarlatti, Dowland, Byrd, or you reading aloud to us, Wordsworth, Wyatt – just back there across the road, torn down, a gruesome condo complex now. You poured those sounds into our heads. Who knew what might come of it? Surely, nothing bad. I would walk past you many times that year, sitting here, gazing out at the sea, the ...
Shelf Life: Essays, Memoirs and an Interview 
by Thom Gunn.
Faber, 230 pp., £14.99, July 1994, 0 571 17196 6
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... have my hand up. I want to know when Gunn first came across certain poems, elegies by Sir Thomas Wyatt for friends who were executed, that weren’t published until the early Sixties. They seem close in so many ways to the poems in the last section of The Man with Night Sweats. He referred to these poems in a book review. He obviously knows them well. Their ...

From Swindon to Swindon

Mary Beard, 17 February 2011

Full Circle: How the Classical World Came Back to Us 
by Ferdinand Mount.
Simon and Schuster, 438 pp., £20, June 2010, 978 1 84737 798 2
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... in Jesus Lane, Cambridge. Behind an impressively classical façade, designed by Matthew Digby Wyatt, was a labyrinth of hot and cold rooms, and swimming pools, vaguely reflecting the layout and practice of an ancient Roman bath. Local worthies had invested considerable sums of money in the venture, in return for free entry. Others were to be admitted for ...

Relations will stop at nothing

Philip Horne, 5 March 1987

The Whole Family: A Novel by 12 Authors 
by Henry James and William Dean Howells, edited by Elizabeth Jordan, introduced by Alfred Bendixen.
Ungar (USA), 392 pp., $9.95, June 1986, 0 8044 6036 1
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‘Friction with the Market’: Henry James and the Profession of Authorship 
by Michael Anesko.
Oxford, 272 pp., £21.50, January 1987, 0 19 504034 1
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... By the ninth chapter, after some startling developments, ‘The Mother’ and her author Edith Wyatt seem to combine in a prosaic invocation of clarity: ‘I am most grateful to the fortune sending me this lucid interval, not only for thinking over what has occurred in the last three days, but also for trying to focus clearly for myself what has happened ...

At the Soane Museum

Peter Campbell: Joseph Gandy, 11 May 2006

... who was employed at White’s Club, showed some of his 14-year-old son’s drawings to James Wyatt, who took him into his office. A little later he entered the Academy School and, in 1794, supported by John Martindale, the proprietor of White’s, went to Italy. There he travelled widely, studied ancient monuments, sketched landscapes and won a medal for ...

On your way, phantom

Colin Burrow: ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, 7 June 2012

Bring Up the Bodies 
by Hilary Mantel.
Fourth Estate, 411 pp., £20, May 2012, 978 0 00 731509 3
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... of its running jokes is that the king writes bad poetry. He says: ‘There are some who say that Wyatt writes better verses than me, though I am the king.’ While courting Jane he struggles to revise old verses to make them suit his new mistress, and asks Cromwell for advice on rhymes for the word ‘blue’, apart from ‘new’. And like a grim chorus ...

La Bolaing

Patrick Collinson: Anne Boleyn, 18 November 2004

The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn 
by Eric Ives.
Blackwell, 458 pp., £25, July 2004, 0 631 23479 9
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... much Protestant appraisal was muted and cautious: ‘a very wilful woman,’ according to George Wyatt, full of ‘devilish devices’; her life was ‘shameful to rehearse’, William Thomas said, defending the reputation of his recently deceased sovereign Henry VIII to an Italian audience. The story of Anne Boleyn is one which serious historians have tried ...

Lola did the driving

Inigo Thomas: Pevsner’s Suffolk, 5 May 2016

Suffolk: East, The Buildings of England 
by James Bettley and Nikolaus Pevsner.
Yale, 677 pp., £35, April 2015, 978 0 300 19654 2
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... just the abyss of the familiar.’ Kenneth Clark, who grew up at Sudbourne Hall, a now demolished Wyatt house near Orford, said that what made the Dark Ages so dark was ‘the isolation, the lack of mobility, the lack of curiosity, the hopelessness’. The way some of its admirers talk about Suffolk, you wonder whether it ever emerged from the Dark ...

House of Miscegenation

Gilberto Perez: Westerns, 18 November 2010

Hollywood Westerns and American Myth 
by Robert Pippin.
Yale, 198 pp., £25, May 2010, 978 0 300 14577 9
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... Tom and Ranse in Liberty Valance, Dunson and Matt in Red River, York and Thursday in Fort Apache, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday in My Darling Clementine. The last of these may be Ford’s sunniest Western, made in 1946, right after the war that led the United States out of the Depression and into world ascendancy. Wyatt Earp ...

At the Movies

Michael Wood: ‘Project Nim’, ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ , 8 September 2011

Project Nim 
directed by James Marsh.
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes 
directed by Rupert Wyatt.
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... presumably an accident of distribution. That the two works, James Marsh’s Project Nim and Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, should resemble each other so closely begins to look like a message or a clue, a movieworld sign that we actually are rethinking our relation to other animals. You’ll see how eerie this notion is when I say that ...

Deadly Eliza

Ruth Bernard Yeazell: ‘The Whole Family: A Novel by Twelve Authors’, 1 November 2001

The Whole Family: A Novel by Twelve Authors 
by William Dean Howells et al.
Duke, 416 pp., £13.50, November 2001, 0 8223 2838 0
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Publishing the Family 
by June Howard.
Duke, 304 pp., £13.50, November 2001, 0 8223 2771 6
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... from literary history: Mary Heaton Vorse, Mary Stewart Cutting, John Kendrick Bangs, Edith Wyatt, Mary R. Shipman Andrews, Alice Brown and Henry Van Dyke (‘the friend of the family’). Apart from arranging for the girl to have met her fiancé at college, so that the gentleman in question remains a promising mystery to her relatives, Howells did ...

Englishmen’s Castles

Gavin Stamp, 7 February 1980

The Victorian Country House 
by Mark Girouard.
Yale, 470 pp., £14.95, September 1980, 0 300 02390 1
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The Artist and the Country House 
by John Harris.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, 376 pp., £37.50, November 1980, 0 85667 053 7
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National Trust Studies 1980 
edited by Gervase Jackson-Stops.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, 175 pp., £8.95, October 1980, 0 85667 065 0
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... all but perspectives prepared in advance of building and commissioned by architects (respectively Wyatt and Nash). If these are admissible, so surely are those superb paintings of Soane’s country houses by J.M. Gandy, and the architects’ perspectives of country houses produced during the following century. The book lacks completeness because Mr Harris ...

Johnson’s Downfall

James Butler, 21 July 2022

... his successful campaign to take her job. In 2004, when his lies about his affair with Petronella Wyatt and her subsequent abortion were exposed, he refused Michael Howard’s order that he resign as a shadow minister. His calculation was that only a sacking would make it possible for him to play the injured party in public.His resignation speech as prime ...

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