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Maybe he was averse to lecturing. Some people find it very hard to do.
Peter

David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Lawrence can nonetheless be seen in a broad sense as a religious poet?
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>Whilst not citing the correspondent, for reason of privacy, this is an interesting impression of Leavis, sent to me privately:-
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>I saw Leavis lecture once, in Manchester, and I can't recall anything, except that he seemed to be permanently boiling with suppressed anger - it was not clear what about. The highlight was when an 'end of class' bell went off whilst he was reciting a speech from Othello to introduce some point (his lecture had overrun badly). His silent rage was quite a sight.....
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>On 27 September 2012 18:35, Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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>David Boyd
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>> F.R. Leavis during the 1940s in Scrutiny very savagely attacked Bethell -
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>> he was a bit of a psychopath, who had feelings of hate towards avowed
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>Leavis's hero was D.H. Lawrence, hardly a Christian writer. He was always
>objectionably irascible, and simply could not understand any attempt to
>theorize literature. See his interchange with Wellek. His 'basis' for
>reading a text seems to have been a sort of unconscious psedudo mysticism:
>One just 'felt' it. Probably his utter inability to understand Dickens is an
>index to his perspective.
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