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Thread #82243 Message #1555110
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
02-Sep-05 - 07:25 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Napoleon's Defeat (from Frank Harte)
Well, that's fair enough. As you say, it's a pity I never met him. It's so easy to get the wrong idea about people with only second-hand impressions to go on, and I've been feeling rather guilty about getting a bit carried away in my last comments, which were probably very unfair; and likely inappropriate as well.
From my point of view, Frank Harte occupied a kind of middle ground between tradition and revival, a little as Ewan MacColl did; belonging in a sense to both. That makes his repertoire, and the way he used it, very difficult to assess for an outsider, which is what I am in this context. I shall have to make a point of finding out more about him so that I understand better.
"Monied" is relative, of course, and the wrong term to have used. I've never met an architect who didn't have lots more than I do, though!