The Economist also has a review (requires subscription) of John Clare, an English “peasant poet” from early 19th Century Northamptonshire (Derb country, I think: the county that is, not the century). John Clare was an interesting man, but more beguiling still is the entertainingly sinister name of the Doctor who admitted him to Northampton General Lunatic Asylum, one Fenwick Skrimshire.
Poor Clare didn’t end well, due, explained the sensible Dr Skrimshire to “years of addiction to poetical prosing.”
Fenwick Skrimshire! Whatever happened to names like that?