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Educating the Utopians

Jonathan Parry: Parliament’s Hour

18 April 2019
The Oxford Handbook of Modern British Political History, 1800-2000 
edited by David Brown, Robert Crowcroft and Gordon Pentland.
Oxford, 626 pp., £95, April 2018, 978 0 19 871489 7
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... each other, let alone with anything else.Fortunately, the handbook has a few excellent contributions on how political elites have handled extraneous challenges. Another of the volume’s editors, GordonPentland, has a sophisticated chapter on parliamentary reform; David Craig and Jeremy Nuttall write with great skill about political ideas; and Angus Hawkins and Steven Fielding consider parties and ...

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Julian Symons

21 February 1991
By Grand Central Station I sat down and wept 
by Elizabeth Smart.
Paladin, 112 pp., £3.99, January 1991, 0 586 09039 8
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The Assumption of the Rogues and Rascals 
by Elizabeth Smart.
Paladin, 112 pp., £3.99, January 1991, 0 586 09040 1
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Necessary Secrets: The Journals of Elizabeth Smart 
edited by Alice Van Wart.
Grafton, 305 pp., £14.99, January 1991, 0 246 13653 7
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... about Smart’s prose without saying something about George Barker’s early poetry. ‘His prescription is – Excess: he will rage himself out,’ said Barker’s early friend and mentor Hugh Gordon Porteus. Certainly the vertiginous rhetoric of these poems produces extraordinary effects, sometimes dazzling, sometimes overblown, always surging forward resistlessly. Barker delights in the ...

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