Autumn Books

The Voluntary Insane

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1021
  1. Alex Paton

    George Crabbe Ed Felix Pryor Richard Cohen Books, £12.99, pp 110 ISBN 1 86066 025 8

    One day in 1989 Felix Pryor, an expert on old manuscripts, was handed by his father a small notebook which had been in the family for many years. Inside were the handwritten drafts of four long poems plus a dozen or so pressed plants, but no clue as to the author. “Crabbe was my first guess,” says Pryor in his fascinating introduction, and this quickly turned out be the case. Three of …

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