[ilds] "the BBC bohemia"

Denise Tart & David Green dtart at bigpond.net.au
Sat Mar 13 22:37:35 PST 2010

Good post Charles. I imagine Dylan Thomas visited all those pubs and more.

Have been teaching Dylan Thomas to my Year 11s and, apart from the fact that 
they love his poetry (even if they dont always get it), I have plugged LD 
too. In the the context of oxymorons I wrote up "the moon's cool fevers 
burn" from Bitter Lemons and connected it to Wintry Fever from the Force 
That... well, we had quite a discussion from there and now a new generation 
of young Aussies have heard of Lawrence Durrell - and not the Durrell who 
wrote My Family etc.

cheers Charles and please tell me if the Battle of Chattanooga battle field 
is visible from your office window - although I am worried - maybe you are a 
Confederate in the Attic?????


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Charles Sligh" <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Saturday, March 13, 2010 1:25 AM
Subject: [ilds] "the BBC bohemia"

Clipped from today's Independent:

> Many of the bohos [Barry Miles] encountered had been behaving badly
> around town for a couple of decades. There was Tambimuttu, "a literary
> hustler of exceptional ability" who wore shoulder-length hair even in
> the Forties and who "filed" the verse under consideration for his
> magazine, Poetry London, in the chamber pot beneath his bed. As early
> as the 1920s, Augustus John and Tommy Earp had made the Fitzroy Tavern
> on Charlotte Street a hub for artists, while Julian Maclaren Ross held
> court down the road at the Wheatsheaf, "the BBC bohemia" (Hugh
> MacDiarmid, WH Auden, Robert Graves, Laurence Durrell and Muriel
> Spark) at the George on Great Portland Street.
> Atlantic £25 (468pp) £22.50 (free p&p) from the Independent Bookshop:
> 08430 600 030
> London Calling: A Countercultural History of London Since 1945, By
> Barry Miles
> Reviewed by Liz Thomson

Charles L. Sligh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
charles-sligh at utc.edu

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