Manchester University

Screen Shot 2015-10-10 at 21.12.50Burgess writes in the first part of his Confessions that what was needed at the Victoria University of Manchester (motto: Arduus ad solem) was

a touch of the epicene exquisite, the flavour of wealthy and cultivated decadence.


we were too grimly utilitarian for perverse chic.


civilising force of aristocratic land

was lacking. There were no aristocrats

other than the Manchester Jews. Our foreigners were mostly Germans like Oscar Buneman, Klaus Pickard and Carl Prausnitz, the odd Armenian or Russian, hardworking research chemists who specialised in new techniques of industrial dyeing. We needed the air of a sybaritic world, but that was alien to our fog and blunt vowels.

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