Derek Mahon

Caging The Minute

Letters of Louis MacNeice


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MacNeice was as prolific in correspondence as in verse, critical prose and radio work. He was one of those people who write all the time and at length – a dying breed in the email era. He preceded the email era of course. The first letters here, to his fathers and sister, are dated 1914, when he was seven; the last, to his daughter the artist Corinna and to Charles Monteith of Faber, 20 and 26 August 1963. He died on 3 September. 

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