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In America’s Blood

Deborah Friedell, 24 September 2020

The NRA: The Unauthorised History 
by Frank Smyth.
Flatiron, 295 pp., $28.99, March 2020, 978 1 250 21028 9
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... right to own guns ‘granted by God to all Americans as our American birthright’. But as Frank Smyth points out in his new history of the NRA, the organisation was actually founded because a group of Union Army veterans were dismayed by how few Americans actually knew how to shoot, particularly compared with Europeans. According to one of its ...

Daisy Chains

Emma Hogan: Sappho 1900, 20 May 2021

No Modernism without Lesbians 
by Diana Souhami.
Head of Zeus, 464 pp., £9.99, February, 978 1 78669 487 4
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... advantage of Bryher – and using the episode to inspire her poem ‘Marriage’. ‘I wonder what Adam and Eve/think of it by this time.’ By 1921 H.D. and Bryher had gone to Switzerland while McAlmon was in Paris where, with the help of Bryher’s money and editorial oversight, he set up Contact Editions, which published Hemingway’s first work (Three ...

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