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Posted on by Tom Fleming

The story surrounding the composition and publication of Crown Jewel affords an interesting example of changing literary taste in the last half century. Its author, a Trinidadian of French Creole descent, originally began writing the novel in 1935. He was a member of the island’s ‘Beacon Group’, which may lay claim to having produced the […]

Homosexual Fissures

Posted on by Tom Fleming

One (nameless) reviewer of Humphrey Carpenter’s recent biography of Auden stated that the poet, like all queers, liked camping it up. The image is a hackneyed and ignorant one. Conversely, where male ‘campery’ entertains the masses in its most degrading forms (drag acts, covert homosexuals in sit-coms etc.), the masses still find much to despise […]

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