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12 January 1995
Authors and Owners: The Invention of Copyright 
by Mark Rose.
Harvard, 176 pp., £21.95, October 1993, 0 674 05308 7
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Crimes of Writing: Problems in the Containment of Representation 
by Susan Stewart.
Duke, 353 pp., £15.95, November 1994, 0 8223 1545 9
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The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature 
edited by Martha Woodmansee and Peter Jaszi.
Duke, 562 pp., £42.75, January 1994, 0 8223 1412 6
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... the-hand profits – say, a 20-year post-mortem term in return for a 12 per cent royalty norm during life. Failing that, writers might agitate for pre-publication advances closer to the Martin Amis mark, though I doubt that they’d get them. On the face of it, a greater stress on ‘moral rights’ is not necessarily a bad thing. What, in practical terms, it means is that an author can still object ...


Mark​ Ford

14 April 2011
... with which you run, Hurroo! Hurroo!, or wake and feel the fell of dark. Like an angel came I down, when my dream was near the moon, the crux left of the watershed, and the stars that usher evening rose. He is not here; but far away – o’er Bodley’s dome his future labours spread. ‘Have you been out?’ ‘No.’ ‘And don’t want to, perhaps?’ Men shut their doors against a setting sun ...

Two Poems

Mark​ Doty

21 September 2000
...  Then gone, leaving a plain white flank starred with rust, perfectly handsome but nothing to shout about – as people actually did, walking on Commercial, when they saw the harbour bathed in rose. Weeks now, on the spire of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, a red scaffolding’s ringed the crown, square-boned New England earnestness gaining a jaunty bit of costume: our spire ...

Two Poems

Lucy Anne Watt

23 May 1985
... stand to the scratch of blades, opening, from Bramleys, flat spirals we’d match for length, so thin our knives ghosted through. Then, she’d pick from lifted trays, like any marketeer, fenestrated rose transparencies to mark (under ‘peel’) from ten. On the tables blue bowls of vanilla slices, each purse of six cloves relaxing in the ovens’ pre-heat. Breaking the drought Not counting the last ...

Guilty Men

Michael Neve

5 March 1981
The Fate of Mary Rose 
by Caroline Blackwood.
Cape, 208 pp., £5.95, February 1981, 0 224 01791 8
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Darling, you shouldn’t have gone to so much trouble 
by Caroline Blackwood and Anna Haycraft.
Cape, 224 pp., £6.50, November 1980, 0 224 01834 5
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... one that is not confined to History. This question of history, how to write it, how to avoid it, and how finally to come to be at its mercy, emerges again in the appalling clarity of The Fate of Mary Rose. The male narrator, Rowan Anderson, is a historian, albeit one with the right kinds of ‘sympathy’: he is engaged on the biography of a woman engineer who contributed to the war effort against ...


Mark​ Rudman

16 September 1999
... that make something wrong when there’s nothing wrong.      * When I got there, I was afraid. It’s hard To put my finger on the precise reason why. It’s not as though something ominous rose From the sidewalks or Hell’s Angels cycles Were parked outside the luncheonette. Nothing like that. Nor can I say why, even though there was almost No one on the street, I felt watched. While I ...


Terry Eagleton

20 June 1996
States of Fantasy 
by Jacqueline Rose.
Oxford, 183 pp., £20, March 1996, 0 19 818280 5
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... shackling of the labour movement, political struggles have increasingly to be exported to the Third World. Post-Structuralists have turned to Africa and the Caribbean; the feminist critic Jacqueline Rose, who is also Jewish, has turned in this collection of Clarendon Lectures to Israel and South Africa; and the odd middle-aged Marxist has discovered a stomping-ground in Ireland, which if not exactly ...

Textual Harassment

Nicolas Tredell

7 November 1991
by Christine Brooke-Rose.
Carcanet, 182 pp., £12.95, October 1991, 0 85635 952 1
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The Women’s Hour 
by David Caute.
Paladin, 272 pp., £14.99, September 1991, 0 586 09142 4
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Look twice 
by John Fuller.
Chatto, 255 pp., £13.99, October 1991, 0 7011 3761 4
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... Nervousness and nostalgia mark these three novels. The nostalgia of Christine Brooke-Rose is, surprisingly, for a golden age of character in fiction; David Caute harks back to the Sixties and the heyday of radical hopes; John Fuller conjures a world in which stories can still enchant. But ...
19 February 1987
The Beet Queen 
by Louise Erdrich.
Hamish Hamilton, 338 pp., £10.95, February 1987, 0 241 12044 6
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Marya: A Life 
by Joyce Carol Oates.
Cape, 310 pp., £10.95, January 1987, 0 224 02420 5
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The Lost Language of Cranes 
by David Leavitt.
Viking, 319 pp., £10.95, February 1987, 0 670 81290 0
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... Leavitt’s The Lost Language of Cranes is a coming-out novel. Its story is basically simple, but artistically risky. Twenty-five-year-old Philip Benjamin brings himself to tell his parents, Owen and Rose, that he is a homosexual. Owen, the father, then comes to find the courage to tell, first, Rose, and then, in the novel’s final scene, Philip as well, that he, too, is a homosexual. Rose Benjamin ...

Did It Happen on 9 April?

Frank Kermode: The Resurrection

20 March 2008
The Resurrection 
by Geza Vermes.
Penguin, 168 pp., £7.99, March 2008, 978 0 14 103005 0
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... risen, then is our preaching vain and your faith is also vain.’ The creeds still require the faithful to declare their belief that Jesus died, was buried, descended into hell, and on the third day rose again. Paul explains that the requirement is reasonable: provided the dead can rise, there can be no reason to suppose Jesus did not do so. In fact if he didn’t, ‘we are of all men most miserable ...

Dressed in Blue Light

Amy Larocca: Gypsy Rose​ Lee

11 March 2010
Stripping Gypsy: The Life of Gypsy Rose​ Lee 
by Noralee Frankel.
Oxford, 300 pp., £12.99, June 2009, 978 0 19 536803 1
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Gypsy: The Art of the Tease 
by Rachel Shteir.
Yale, 222 pp., £12.99, March 2009, 978 0 300 12040 0
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... If Gypsy Rose Lee had been born about 60 years later than she was, she would most probably have had a reality show, something like Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which is about three Los Angeles sisters whose ...

Get knitting

Ian Hacking: Birth and Death of the Brain

18 August 2005
The 21st-Century Brain: Explaining, Mending and Manipulating the Mind 
by Steven Rose.
Cape, 344 pp., £20, March 2005, 0 224 06254 9
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... Steven Rose is a well-known public scientist who has dedicated his career to the study of brains. He has lived through the early days of the technical revolution that has involved increasingly powerful ways of ...
21 June 2001
... Does it? Tumbled about in the air? We speak from out there and we keep things alive. The wineglass reminds me of wading birds, when their beaks meet their beaks as they feed on a mirror of mud and mark ‘Here’ as a point in the water that’s deep in the sky. Fetch me a folding chair. Set it up by the south door. This is etiquette. I am the ticket collector. Nothing comes in but thistledown ...

Three Poems

Simon Armitage

22 July 1993
... weft from warp from weft ... I dropped down from the tree and left. That’s fine. You’re buying time, holding your breath, watching, waiting for your man to show. I’m in the garden picking you a rose. This new strain with their frantic, crimson heads, open now and at their very best, having dozed all winter in a deep, rich bed, the trench I sank one evening by the potting shed. I mark the best ...

No Crying in This House

Jackson Lears: The Kennedy Myth

7 November 2013
The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy 
by David Nasaw.
Allen Lane, 896 pp., £12.35, September 2013, 978 0 14 312407 8
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Rose​ Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch 
by Barbara Perry.
Norton, 404 pp., £20, September 2013, 978 0 393 06895 5
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... any crowd of kids in a Frank Capra film. They are presided over by Joseph Kennedy, a fabulously successful self-made father with connections in Hollywood, Wall Street, Washington and London, and by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, a devout but fashionable Catholic mum, as at home on the golf links or the ski slopes as in Windsor Castle. After making millions in banking, real estate and film distribution ...

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