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Dear Mole

Julian Barnes, 23 January 1986

Flaubert and Turgenev: A Friendship in Letters 
translated by Barbara Beaumont.
Athlone, 197 pp., £18, October 1985, 0 485 11277 9
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... to mention Alphonse Jacobs, editor of the Flaubert-Sand letters). As a translator, Barbara Beaumont is workmanlike rather than exciting. For instance, is the famous, roaring Flaubertian adjective énorme best rendered by ‘enormous’? Occasionally, perhaps: but when the epithet applies to the case of the sodomitic Comte in the ...

Making and Breaking in Shakespeare’s Romances

Barbara Everett: The Late Plays, 22 March 2007

... predates the acquisition; or by comparable efforts to instance as inspiration the courtly drama of Beaumont and Fletcher, which again (in my view) Pericles predates. The tone of the courts in the romances can be amusedly blue-blooded. Yet the flight from court and even, it sometimes feels, from the public life of the state, towards an interior ...

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