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Grey's elegy: farewell to Lord Gowrie - Professor Roy Foster

Features | By Professor Roy Foster

Grey Gowrie, then Chairman of Arts Council England, at the inauguration of the Angel of the North, 1998

Professor Roy Foster gave this address at the Powys funeral of Grey Gowrie, politician, poet and blithe spirit

One of the first memorable conversations I had with Grey, when we came to know each other nearly 50 years ago, was while we were driving in his rakish BMW coupé to London from Dunstall, his then home in Kent. He talked spellbindingly about the authorial voice in Henry James’s fiction, and the journey went very fast. The last conversation I had with him, via dictated email, was two weeks before he died; it was about the women in Anthony Trollope’s novels, a more recent passion.v...


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