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Alfred Duggan

I mentioned this fine mid-20th-century writer of historical fiction on The

Corner a few days ago, suggesting him as a superior alternative to G.A.

Henty, who is apparently a staple of the home-schooling people.

There is a very good biographical sketch of Duggan in The Essays, Articles

and Reviews of Evelyn Waugh. It is actually an obituary notice, taken from

The Spectator of 7/10/64. Here is the Waugh touch:

“Romans and Normans, the worlds of empire and chivalry, were the natural

founts of his imagination. Modern history he regarded with calm despair.”

I am going to try to persuade some kind literary editor to let me “do”

Duggan.

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