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By Eric Linklater

A literary Cheers—filled with British attraction and wit

Comprised of an enjoyable sequence of vignettes that ensue on the Pelican Pub in Downish, England, Poet's Pub is a humor-filled selection of tales through award winner Eric Linklater—one of the unique titles commissioned through Penguin Classics founder Allen Lane—and back on hand to American readers. When an Oxford poet named Saturday Keith assumes regulate of the Pelican Pub, what he wants such a lot is the peace and freedom to craft his poems with no being disturbed. this is often the least of what occurs, for the neighborhood watering gap quickly turns into an out-and-out allure for numerous eccentric characters starting from uncouth rogues to individuals of academia.

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The mood was earnest rather than hostile, and we didn't get very far with this particular team sheet. 'Chairman: Elton John. ' 'Centre-forward: Justin Fashanu. He's an iron. ' So I can easily conjure the fickle leers that would await me if, one morning, I walked into the club saying: 'Well, guys — there's a new book about men and masculinity that's going to straighten out all the problems we've been having with our male identity. It says we should spend much more time together and exult in our hairiness and sliminess and zaniness.

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More decisively, though, Lit & Soc, and indeed literary criticism, felt dead and gone. That time now seems unrecognizably remote. I had a day job at the Times Literary Supplement. Even then I sensed discrepancy, as I joined an editorial conference (to help prepare, perhaps, a special number on Literature and Society), wearing shoulder-length hair, a flower shirt, and knee-high tricoloured boots (well-concealed, it is true, by the twin tepees of my flared trousers). My private life was middle-bohemian — hippyish and hedonistic, if not candidly debauched; but I was very moral when it came to literary criticism.

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