Some Cuckoo, Some Nests!

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

I HAVE TO declare an interest, and an avid one. I’ve learned a lot about a higher and wilder branch of my family from reading this autobiography. I share with the author, my good friend Jonathan Gathorne-Hardy, a beautiful Quakerly aunt (my father’s sister) and a clutch of dashing first cousins. While I and my […]

A Mind Ablaze

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

As an infant, Samuel Taylor Coleridge was acknowledged to be a prodigy. He was a brilliant schoolboy, of whom great things were expected. Those who encountered him as a young man recognized his exceptional gifts. ‘STC’ was an omnivorous reader, and a mesmerising talker on an astonishing range of topics. Ambitious schemes for literary, critical […]

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