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The Old Corrector

Richard Altick

4 November 1982
Fortune and Men’s Eyes: The Career of John Payne Collier 
by Dewey Ganzel.
Oxford, 454 pp., £15, October 1982, 0 19 212231 2
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... Collier’s death, an energetic American scholar has risen to clear his name. Fortune and Men’s Eyes is the studiously even-handed biography of an ambiguous and not especially likeable man who, Ganzel thinks, was convicted of a crime he did not commit. It is also, in part, an absorbing exercise in what might be called ‘forensic bibliography’, ranking with John Carter and Graham Pollard’s ...

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Patrick Mauriès: Halfway between France and Britain

3 November 1983
... probably never have flourished in France: if such a person has existed there, then the memory has not survived. No one will ever write his biography, or write about him a book resembling the one that DeweyGanzel has written – in America, but it comes to the same thing – about Collier: and if they did write such a book, no one would write to a magazine like this to correct an error or approximation ...

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