Sphere Of Influence

Roger Deakin’s notebooks

Roger Deakin’s notebooks

D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Frieda Lawrence and John Middleton Murry

D.H. Lawrence, Katherine Mansfield, Frieda Lawrence and John Middleton Murry

Lancelot Percival Roberts A Lancashire Lass (1929)

Lancelot Percival Roberts A Lancashire Lass (1929)

Sander Lubbe

Sander Lubbe

Massimo Rao

Massimo Rao

Herve Guibert Isabelle (1980)

Herve Guibert Isabelle (1980)

Herve Guibert (circa 1998)

Herve Guibert (circa 1998)

Difficult to write without the proximity of books (perhaps an error to have separated my office and my library?), without feeling their presence, their weight, because they seem to exude phantom musics, they don’t only eye me from the height of their shelves, they flow in silent sentences, they copulate in proximity, they straddle one another, they fight, sometimes I am there arbiter, the new sentence decides between them.

—Herve Guibert The Mausoleum of Lovers

morbus fraudulentus

the phrase Chekhov invented to describe the comedy (in the sternest sense) of self-delusion

V. S. Pritchett

V. S. Pritchett