Author: Carl C. Curtis

Remembering Sir John Betjeman – A Poet Laureate and More

On the rare occasions that I mention Sir John Betjeman (1906-1984) to my students, they don’t know whom I’m talking about, and I can’t help wondering that if I took a sampling of British university students, I would find similar ignorance. I think not. In Britain, where he was born and spent his life, Betjeman was by the end of his seventy-eight years one of the most celebrated of men. An old joke about Malcolm Muggeridge went like this: A poll has been taken, and Malcolm Muggeridge is the most well-known person in Britain. Second place? The Queen. Betjeman...

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