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Candlelight Books

Took last year off to write a novel. I figured the longer I waited, the less likely I would ever write one. Been busy working on the third draft of The Fiddler’s Sonata, so I’ve kinda neglected blogging. My first … Continue reading

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William Wordsworth: British Library Writers’ Lives

I must confess that just as I have a fondness for caramel coconut & fudge cookies, I also have a fondness for the generously illustrated British Library Writers’ Lives series. In my personal library, I possess a copy of the … Continue reading

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The Mersey Sound Poets

Reader beware whenever the publishers print on the front cover of any book the number of copies sold.  Notice in the bottom right hand corner of the Penguin revised edition of The Mersey Sound, the yellow background with “Over 1/4 million copies … Continue reading

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“Iago” (Poem)

Recently re-read “Othello” and watched the 1952 “Othello” on videotape (yes, videotape) starring Orson Welles.  The 1995 version with a pre-Matrix Laurence Fishburne is also excellent with Branaugh as a superbly acted Iago.  Thinking about the dastardly character Iago, came … Continue reading

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Margaret Marshall’s “A Poem for Mozart”

Printed out a woodblock print of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In reading about him in Classic Composers (Magna Books, 1993), I was surprised to learn he found himself in dire financial straits near the end of his life and was even … Continue reading

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Original Poem: “A Wittgenstein Valentine”

A new biography by Ray Monk, The Life of J Robert Oppenheimer, has been published recently.  A few years back, I read Ray Monk’s biography of Wittgenstein, Ludwig Wittgenstein: Duty of Genius, and have it sitting on my desk to re-read … Continue reading

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Shakespeare Country

Just finished reading and looking at the ample, splendid color photographs in Shakespeare Country by Susan Hill. In Will and Me (which I am presently reading), Dominic Dromgroole’s father is quoted as saying, “If Shakespeare hadn’t existed, someone else would … Continue reading

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