Who was this fellow striver and sufferer? What were they striving for? What were they suffering from? Not syphilis, I trust. (The Aristocrat of Diseases is discussed in ‘A Pox on Literature’: ‘The act of careless Bohemian love, anonymous, quick and uncondomised, is proved not to have been worth the trouble or money’, etc.) The Burgess expert Rob Spence explains that the writer was in Canterbury to present the T.S. Eliot lectures, ‘Blest pair of sirens’, at the University of Kent.
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