by Ronald Firbank
Adapted for broadcasting and produced by Douglas Cleverdon
Caprice was published during the first world war; but the world it reflects is that of the late Edwardian era, seen through the distorting mirror of Ronald Firbank's fantastic imagination. As a novelist, Firbank created a style of writing that remains unique. ' Just as in the autumn,' wrote Sir Osbert Sitwell, ' the silver cobwebs lightly cover the trees with a fine mist of impalpable beauty, so a similar highlv stylised but intangible loveliness hung over every page, while wit ran in, round, and underneath each word.'
Sir Oliver Dawtry:
by R. M. Jackson
Fellow of St. John's College, Cambridge
Dr. Jackson was a member of the Royal Commission on the Law Relating to Mental Illness and Mental Deficiencv whose report was published in June. He considers some of its findings in relation to the Homicide Act 1957.
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