What the ‘Danish Lawrence’ Learned in Libya
Holmboe’s account of his Libyan adventure made him one of the few Western witnesses to the savagery of the Italian colonial regime’s counter-insurgency campaign, and it became a bestseller in the US and in Europe. Reviewing the book in 1936, George Orwell wrote: “Mussolini’s large body of English worshippers would do well to have a look.”
November 25, 2019
Auden on No-Platforming Pound
In 1945, when Bennett Cerf of Random House was preparing An Anthology of Famous English and American Poetry, he omitted twelve early poems by Ezra Pound included in a 1927 anthology on which the new book had been based. W.H. Auden, one of Cerf’s authors, wrote Cerf some letters about this that may still be clarifying today.
February 27, 2019