Other works/people consulted in the genesis of this white elephant:
Michael J. Cross
Chris Drumm, "A Tom Disch Checklist", 1983
Chris Drumm and Phil Stephensen-Payne, "John Sladek: Steam-Driven Satirist", 1998
William G. Contento and Charles N. Brown, "The Locus Index"
H.W. Hall, "Science Fiction Book Review"
The Index to American Periodical Verse
Thanks to the following libraries and the services and staff for assistance provided:
Birmingham Central Library
University of Birmingham
University College, London
Foundation Collection at the University of Liverpool
Bodleian Library, Oxford
British Library Document Supply Centre at Boston Spa
Beinecke Library, Yale University
Harry Ransom Centre, University of Texas at Austin
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Confronted by male pattern baldness and the almost total loss of sight in his left eye, Matthew Davis is considering investing in a set of clippers and an eyepatch then trying his luck on the international Moshe Dayan impersonation circuit.
With a title like The Castle of Indolence: on poetry, poets, and poetasters it was obvious that the book could only be about one thing (if you're the sort of person inclined to take Collins, Young, Churchill, Akenside, Goldsmith, Grey, Johnson, Macpherson, and Thomson for one thing). Instead, most surprisingly, it was about modern American poetry (mostly) and still entertaining to boot as well. A revelation to someone whose entire experience of modern American poetry amounted to an unfortunate encounter at the age of 14 with Allen Ginsberg's buttocks.
And so, many months later, all this.
If you like looking at anal lists of books, dates and writers then this bibliography-cum-critical checklist of Cyril Connolly should be almost indecently arousing.
If you've ever thought that looking at endless crappy cartoons, comics, sketches, sitcoms, parodies, and supposedly funny films would be an insightful way of analysing the changes in society's attitudes towards homosexuals then this blog might be the very thing for you.
And this is proably 10,000 more words than you evr wanted to know about Kenneth Tynan
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