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Endeavour Press issues Kindle edition of Brian Inglis’s 1974 biography of Roger Casement

Brian Inglis

Neil Langdon Inglis, U. S. General Editor of Interlitq, and a contributor to Issues 18, 19, 20 and 21 of Interlitq and English Writers 1, English Writers 2 and English Writers 3, wishes to announce that Endeavour Press in London has issued a Kindle edition of his father Brian Inglis’s 1974 biography of Roger Casement, the Irish revolutionary executed for treason in 1916.  Sympathetic, but in no way hagiographical, Inglis’s account explores all dimensions of Casement’s life–in particular, Casement’s unsparing investigations of the rubber trade in the Belgian Congo, and atrocities in Latin America.

Passionate but naive, a visionary lacking in sound judgment, Casement was devoted to the cause of Irish freedom, yet spent years as a willing servant of the British Crown–and ended his days disastrously as a supporter of the Kaiser. Inglis quotes at length from Casement’s “Black Diaries,” having concluded they were genuine and an indispensable source of insight into his subject. “Roger Casement” is widely regarded as one of the classic biographies of the 20th century.

Read Neil Langdon Inglis’s interview about his father, the author Brian Inglis.

Read Neil Langdon Inglis’s 3 question interview for Interlitq.


Ian Gibson: Si no vengo a España me pego un tiro/ Video

Ian Gibson

Ian Gibson: Si no vengo a España me pego un tiro/ Video.

El hispanista y escritor Ian Gibson habla en esta entrevista sobre su determinación de vivir en España. Defiende la “biografía” como uno de los medios que permiten conocer en profundidad al ser humano, lo que más le interesa. Esta entrevista ha sido realizada en el año 2000 para el programa “Verano en la Internacional” de Canal Sur, sobre los cursos de verano de la Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.

Tatiana de Rosnay sur Daphne du Maurier–Video

Daphne du Maurier

Daphne du Maurier

Tatiana de Rosnay sur Daphne du Maurier–Video.

Phyllis Grosskurth “was a prickly kind of person”

Phyllis Grosskurth

Phyllis Grosskurth

Diana Hall writes:

Bronwyn Drainie, the former editor of the Literary Review of Canada who came to know Grosskurth as a student in one of her English classes in the late 60s, described her friend as an overall “fascinating character”.

“I think it would be quite hard to find people who say they were close to Phyllis, except for her own family. She was a prickly kind of person,” Drainie said. “I think she enjoyed that. She enjoyed being prickly and controversial.”

Grosskurth, who was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000, was “very charismatic,” according to her son Brian. “People were naturally drawn to her, even though she was a forceful personality — but, you know, an attractive personality,” he said about his mother, who he added always had an active academic and social life.

Pamela Hansford Johnson’s “amphetamine addiction is never investigated, nor are the anonymous poison-pen letters…”

Pamela Hansford Johnson in 1949

Pamela Hansford Johnson in 1949

Reviewing Pamela Hansford Johnson: Her Life, Works and Times by Wendy Pollard, Hilary Spurling writes:

“Reviewing the impact of Johnson’s amphetamine addiction is never investigated, nor are the anonymous poison-pen letters she received at intervals for much of her life, nor for that matter Francis King’s suggestion that Snow led a secret life like his friends, the novelist William Cooper and the Cambridge historian J.H. Plumb. All three had been taught at the same Leicester school by the same charismatic schoolmaster, who caused consternation 40 years later when the police threatened to arrest him on charges of paedophilia. A strain of suppressed homosexuality might explain much that remains mysterious about the Snows’ marriage: the aridity of his private life, her ongoing sexual frustration, the bland evasiveness that deadens his fiction, perhaps also the fact that he has had no biography in more than 30 years since his death.”