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Apocalypse on the road in Amnesia Moon
James Peacock

(Lethem, 1995 : 8), the man who oneirically controls Hatfork and Little America, and later in the protagonist’s sudden endomorphic transformation at the hands of Lucky, the former inmate of a local mental hospital who shapes the dream-world of Vacaville, California (Lethem, 1995 : 229). To have the power to create and put flesh on metaphors that everyone then recognises is to create a powerful hegemony

in Jonathan Lethem
Jules B. Farber

Rather than write a classic biography of James Baldwin in the last cycle of his life—from his arrival in 1970 as a black stranger in the all-white medieval village of Saint-Paul, until his death there in 1987—I sought to discover the author through the eyes of people who knew him in this period. With this optic, I sought a wide variety of people who were in some way part of his life there: friends, lovers, barmen, writers, artists, taxi drivers, his doctors and others who retained memories of their encounters with Baldwin on all levels. Besides the many locals, contact was made with a number of Baldwin’s further afield cultural figures including Maya Angelou, Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Angela Davis, Bill Wyman, and others. There were more than seventy interviews in person in places as distant as Paris, New York or Istanbul and by telephone spread over four years during the preparatory research and writing of the manuscript. Many of the recollections centred on “at home with Jimmy” or dining at his “Welcome Table.”

James Baldwin Review
March 1836
Jill Liddington

should leave her & be tired of her etc. Rather wrong but better than yesterday & I cheered her up & did her good …Dinner at 7—coffee—a bottle of claret today out of which I drank Sackville [Sutherland]'s health on his 5th birthday & drank near 3 glasses. Anne Lister's economic activity was visible for all to see. Local tongues wagged again about how she was funding it all. But now this critical gossip somehow took on bizarre and dramatic forms. From here on, Anne Lister and Ann Walker became embroiled in complex legal

in Female Fortune
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The Anne Lister Diaries, 1833–36 - Land, gender and authority
Author: Jill Liddington

"Female Fortune is the book which inspired Sally Wainwright to write Gentleman Jack, now a major drama series for the BBC and HBO.

Lesbian landowner Anne Lister inherited Shibden Hall in 1826. She was an impressive scholar, fearless traveller and successful businesswoman, even developing her own coalmines. Her extraordinary diaries, running to 4–5 million words, were partly written in her own secret code and recorded her love affairs with startling candour. The diaries were included on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2011.

Jill Liddington’s classic edition of the diaries tells the story of how Anne Lister wooed and seduced neighbouring heiress Ann Walker, who moved in to live with Anne and her family in 1834. Politically active, Anne Lister door-stepped her tenants at the 1835 Election to vote Tory. And socially very ambitious, she employed architects to redesign both the Hall and the estate.

Yet Ann Walker had an inconvenient number of local relatives, suspicious of exactly how Anne Lister could pay for all her grand improvements. Tensions grew to a melodramatic crescendo when news reached Shibden of the pair being burnt in effigy.

This 2022 edition includes a fascinating Afterword on the recent discovery of Ann Walker’s own diary. Female Fortune is essential reading for those who watched Gentleman Jack and want to know more about the extraordinary woman that was Anne Lister.

Jack Baker

. Style as narrative device The lyric intensities licensed by Robinson's style have several implications for the wider structure of her narratives. Whereas it is a critical commonplace in discussions of poetry that form and meaning should be inseparable, it is perhaps more common to approach the ‘style’, themes, and narrative architecture of a novel as related but not coextensive. The local intensifications of metaphor and poetic artifice may enrich a storyline, but rarely do they dictate its course. Yet Robinson's elusive and richly figurative

in Marilynne Robinson
John Kinsella

ways, community shares a language of comprehension, but not necessarily a literal language in common (though it can). Community is further differentiated in terms of those groupings of people sharing a geography and living facilities (say, in a village, shared buildings, locals laws etc) or as cultural groupings that move across geographical and physical boundaries (a demography of interest and advocacy, such as environmental interests in the international reduction of coal usage). There are internet communities, too, but

in Beyond Ambiguity
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Jill Liddington

breaks in subject matter indicated with a new sentence or paragraph break. Square brackets are used sparingly, usually to indicate that a word or phrase has been added where the meaning would otherwise be unclear, for instance local dialect. 7 Endnotes have also been kept to a minimum, and are used to suggest possible meanings or interpretations. However, while I have aimed for clarity and accessibility, I also want to preserve a sense of distance. Anne Lister

in Female Fortune
Town meets country
Jill Liddington

Lister was fascinated by this engineering feat alongside her estate: ‘Went to see the new Northowramroad, a stupendous piece of work; it will be the greatest possible improvement in the roadway to the whole neighbourhood’. 1 An even more significant boost to the local economy was the opening in 1828 of the two-mile extension of the crucial Calder-Hebble Navigation along the Hebble Brook (see map p.25). At last Halifax gained direct access to Manchester, Wakefield and so Leeds by navigable waterway—along which heavy

in Female Fortune
Jill Liddington

If old-fashioned Shibden Hall, little changed since its sixteenth-century heyday, evoked the old manorial past, then Halifax's classical Georgian architecture conjured up the rising mercantile and manufacturing élite. Few local families epitomised this new commercial self-confidence more acutely than the Walkers. Ann Walker, born in 1803, grew up in one such house, visiting her relatives in others. The key architect was John Carr of York, whose magnificent mansions included Harewood House near Leeds and Wentworth Woodhouse near Sheffield. His

in Female Fortune
Jill Liddington

Shibden Hall, her great-grandfather's great-grandfather. Samuel was a yeoman clothier working in the wool trade (plus also operating Shibden's small coal pits). 7 By the 1650s his second son, John, worked as a cloth factor, buying wool from domestic clothiers, dressing the cloth and sending it down to a London merchant. This growing commercial activity was continued by his son Samuel (1633– 1707), who bought wool further afield to sell to local clothiers. In the seventeenth century the Listers certainly operated

in Female Fortune