Saturday, December 29, 2012


At the FT (site registration required), an interesting long essay by Hedley Twidle on his Coetzee fixation:
Since Coetzee lodged his manuscripts in Harvard and now Texas, we have learnt that he wrote his major novels almost entirely in University of Cape Town examination books. They have dull orange covers with instructions printed on them: “Peak caps to be reversed”; “Answer only ONE question per booklet”.

1 comment:

  1. This anecdote rings impossibly true! (One is also reminded of that quatrain attributed to the similarly minatory Housman: "O cuckoo shall I call thee bird / Or but a wandering voice? / State the alternative preferred / With reasons for your choice.")