[ilds] Elyot Poundsworthy

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Oct 16 08:11:32 PDT 2009


Elyot Poundsworthy did not go to Italy and broadcast speeches on  
behalf of Benito Mussolini.  Instead, he stayed at King's and  
eventually became master.  He had a lively career, highlighted by  
fierce battles with Frankie Leavis over the course of English  
literature.  F. R. once challenged E. P. to a duel, with collier  
picks, the ghost of DHL presiding.  Elyot always remembered his star  
pupil, L. G. Durrell, whom he considered brilliant but incorrigible,  
and always bemoaned the fact the famous poet never learned the lessons  
of reading Montaigne's "On Vanity."  Some people never learn, he would  
say, shaking his head sadly.


On Oct 15, 2009, at 3:15 PM, Charles Sligh wrote:

> A good tale, Bruce.
> What happened to Professor Poundsworthy?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
> Three years later, L. G. Durrell gets his degree from King's, second
> class, and soon leaves for Corfu.  He now knows about brevity and
> concision and clear thinking, but he decides to use these tools
> sparingly and to rely on his instincts, except when talking about
> French thought and Einstein's Relativity.
> ***************************************
> Charles L. Sligh
> Department of English
> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
> Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
> ***************************************

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