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By Antony Lentin

Within the early summer season of 1914 Sir Edgar Speyer and his spouse Leonora stood on the centre of London society, an period made well-known by way of the tv sequence Downton Abbey. He used to be the "King of the Underground" and client of the humanities, she a well-known violinist and poetess. but inside weeks of the outbreak of warfare, they turned pariahs, items of suspicion and aversion. The "anti-alien" crusade resulting the sinking of the Lusitania compelled the Speyers into exile within the usa. He used to be stripped of his club of the Privy Council, yet she went directly to win a Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

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1946), magazine journalist. indb 27 2013-02-08 10:48:45 1980 A book I edited as a tribute to my friend George Woodcock, the Vancouver manof-letters, finally appeared as A George Woodcock Reader after being rejected, with agonising slowness, by various publishers. I pushed on with other literary projects, thanks in part to two Ontario Arts Council grants totalling $3,500.  My health overall is good, though I’m fighting off the residual effects of old abuses: a process easily mistaken for acute hypochondria.

1944), China correspondent of the Globe and Mail, 1977–79; later, editor of Saturday Night and master of Massey College, University of Toronto. 4 friday, 4 april / toronto The Canadian scene in the 1970s: somewhat like the Grubstreet of Ned Ward’s time when private patronage had been half supplanted by potboiling. 5 My speech staccato.  We’re all in this mess together.  There are still some surprises left … At first glance the city is all white, practically a breeding farm for stewardesses.  “We haven’t even got Dutch elm disease yet,” 4 Paul Hellyer (b.

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