Gregory Wolfe

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“I should have availed myself of waggery,
had not malice been multitudinous.”

—Christopher Smart

The English are known for their love of the eccentric. Batty dons, hapless clerics, Colonel Blimps, imperious aunts, and addled aristocrats are scattered over the landscape

The Arty Life
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The Arty Life

Frances Spalding: Vanessa Bell; Ticknor & Fields; New York.

Karen Monson: Alma Mahler: Muse to Genius: From Fin-de-Siecles Vienna to Hollywood’s Heyday; Houghton Mifflin; Boston.

Women are in many ways the bearers and keepers of culture. However excluded

Before the Borscht Belt — and Beyond
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Before the Borscht Belt — and Beyond

The Literary Humor of the Urban Northeast, 1830-1890; Edited by David E. E. Sloane; Louisiana State University Press; Baton Rouge.

Chicago’s Public Wits; Edited by Kenny J. Williams and Bernard Duffey; Louisiana State University Press; Baton Rouge.

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