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Thread #34080   Message #2718204
Posted By: MGM·Lion
07-Sep-09 - 02:26 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Blood Red Roses (what's it mean?)
Subject: RE: Origins: Blood Red Roses (what's it mean?)
'And what are the chances that Lloyd had never read Walt Whitman?' What a peculiarly patronising tone here!

I knew Bert Lloyd - interviewed him at gr8 length [3xA4 close-printed pages] for Folk Review Sep 1974. Despite his background and lack of early formal education, he was widely and eruditely read & would most certainly have read Whitman. To quote a short passage about his time in Aus way out in the Bush but subscribing to Sydney Central Lib's bushworkers' postal-loan scheme: "cheap bound editions - Cape's Travellers Library, Chatto&Windus Phoenix Library ... Joyce's Dubliners & Proust & a number of other works..." Can't believe a man who would spend his youthful wages educating himself like that in the Bush had never read Whitman, can you?