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February 2020, Issue 483 Ian Fraser on financial sabotage * Richard Davenport-Hines on the letters of Robert Lowell & Elizabeth Hardwick * Sophie Duncan on why women read fiction * Peter Parker on East India Company painting  * Michael Burleigh on Kremlin killings in London * Joan Smith on difficult women * Lucy Lethbridge on Deborah Orr's memoir * Ian Black on Palestine's plight * Stephen Bates on a prisoner's diary * Sumit-Paul Choudhury on quantum quackery * Margaret Gilmore on designing babies * Jerry White on postwar anti-fascists * Norma Clarke on the woman who gave birth to rabbits * Sarah Ditum on Jenny Offill * James Purdon on Eimear McBride *  and much, much more…

Richard Davenport-Hines

The Dolphin Letters, 1970–1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell and Their Circle

By Saskia Hamilton (ed)

In April 1970, Robert Lowell moved into All Souls College, Oxford, where he was to spend all of Trinity term as a beneficiary of its visiting fellowship scheme (he was replaced by Philip Larkin the following term). Within days of his arrival he went to a party in London thrown by his publisher, Faber & Faber, and met Caroline Blackwood. They spent the night together in a large corner house in Redcliffe Square, Kensington, with which she had been provided by the Guinness family trustees (her mother was a member of the brewing family). Within two months Lowell told his wife... read more

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