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Re: Something new?

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Posted by John Wilson on May 13, 2019 at 05:07:14 user hugo.

In Reply to: Re: Something new? posted by Alan Hakim on May 12, 2019 at 07:23:53:

On Genia, Rupert Hart-Davis comments in his autobiography "Halfway to Heaven" on his time at Cape before leaving to establish his own publishing firm. As the (very) junior partner he was responsible for the firmís "difficult" authors including Robert Graves, Wyndham Lewis and Arthur Ransome; AR because of Genia with her "distrustfulness, venom and guile".

Hart-Davis was a friend of AR because of their enthusiasm for cricket and rugby (and they had both dropped out of university in their first year). He got AR to write introductions for his "Mariners Library" reprints.

I recall that in "The Last Englishman" the bio by Chambers that Chambers wrote about Genia "She was his fiercest critic, deploring his books while he as writing them but praising the book as his greatest effort when it was published". She found "The Picts and the Martyrs" hopeless, but it was finally published as his mother liked it. A book I like, because of Dick.

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