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Fast Water off the Bow-Wave

Jeremy Harding: George Oppen

21 June 2018
21 Poems 
byGeorge Oppen, edited byDavid B. Hobb</span>s.
New Directions, 48 pp., £7.99, September 2017, 978&nbsp;0&nbsp;8112&nbsp;2691&nbsp;2
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... We​ had seen bare land/And the people bare on it’: two lines from a retrospective poem by George Oppen that appeared in 1963 in a small magazine published out of New Rochelle, the poet’s birthplace ...

Das Nuffa Dat and BigGloria3

Elaine Showalter: Up and Down the Academic Ladder

1 November 2001
Academic Instincts&nbsp;
byMarjorie Garber.
Princeton, 187 pp., £11.95, February 2001, 9780691049700
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Postmodern Pooh&nbsp;
byFrederick Crews.
North Point, 175 pp., $22, October 2001, 0&nbsp;86547&nbsp;626&nbsp;8
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... What are academic instincts, and are they about more than survival? For Frederick Crews, emeritus professor of English at Berkeley, literary study in the university is a Darwinian battle for power and status, with professors ‘teaching the conflicts’ as they claw their way up the academic ladder ...

A Perfect Eel

Elaine Showalter: ‘Lady Audley’s Secret’

21 June 2012
Lady Audley’s Secret&nbsp;
byMary Elizabeth Braddon, edited byLyn Pykett.
Oxford, 448 pp., £9.99, January 2012, 978&nbsp;0&nbsp;19&nbsp;957703&nbsp;3
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... There is no accounting for tastes,’ the Westminster Review declared in 1866. ‘Blubber for the Esquimaux, half-hatched eggs for the Chinese and Sensational novels for the English.’ The extraordinary popularity in the 1860s of sensation fiction, or ‘bigamy novels’, as these books were sometimes known, led critics to conclude that the genre was ‘a sign of the times – the evidence of … a craving for some fundamental change in the workings of society ...

Loaded Dice

Thomas Chatterton Williams: Ta-Nehisi Coates

3 December 2015
Between the World and Me&nbsp;
byTa-Nehisi Coates.
Text, 152 pp., £10.99, September 2015, 978&nbsp;1&nbsp;925240&nbsp;70&nbsp;2
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... Soon after​ Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri, a book called The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace was published, describing one New Jersey man’s dual existence as a top student at Yale and an incorrigible drug dealer ...
1 August 1985
Diplomacy and Intelligence during the Second World War:&nbsp;Essays in Honour of F.H. Hinsley&nbsp;
edited byRichard Langhorne.
Cambridge, 329 pp., £27.50, May 1985, 0&nbsp;521&nbsp;26840&nbsp;0
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British Intelligence and the Second World War. Vol. I:&nbsp;1939-Summer 1941, Vol. II: Mid-1941-Mid-1943, Vol. III, Part I: June 1943-June 1944&nbsp;
byF.H. Hinsley, E.E. Thomas, C.F.G. Ransom and R.C. Knight.
HMSO, 616 pp., £12.95, September 1979, 0&nbsp;11&nbsp;630933&nbsp;4
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... There are at least three books at present being written on Anthony Blunt and the Cambridge Spies. Already the sleuths are nosing out the Fifth Man – the master control, an older don who must have recruited them ...

Stuck on the Flypaper

Frances Stonor Saunders: The Hobs bawm File

8 April 2015
... On 25 January​ 1933, the 16-year-old Eric Hobs bawm marched with thousands of comrades through central Berlin to the headquarters of the German Communist Party (KPD). When they arrived at Karl Liebknecht Haus, on the lowplatz, the temperature was –18°C ...

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