Anthony Burgess drank deep…

…at the well of resentment as well as of spirituous liquors

Dalrymple points out that the great novelist had been a schoolteacher and

evidently sensed a stirring of revolt among the youth of his country and elsewhere in the West, a revolt with which—as a deeply unconventional man who felt himself to be an outsider however wealthy or famous he became—he felt some sympathy and might even have helped in a small way to foment.

Yet, as one who

was steeped in literary culture and tradition, he understood the importance of the shift of cultural authority from the old to the young, and was very far from sanguine about its effects. He thought that the shift would lead to a hell on earth and the destruction of all that he valued.

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  • Charles Dexter Ward  On August 18, 2018 at 18:55

    Love me some Dalrymple. Do these blog posts not have links to the original articles, or am I just not seeing them?

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