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'Saintsbury on Wine'
Thursday 12th September 2013

 

Most writing about wine fails to touch on the role it has played in the imaginative lives of men. Saintsbury, our pseudonymous wine columnist, has sought to remedy this in his monthly contributions to Standpoint. His short essays deal with novelists, playwrights, poets and other men of letters and the relationship between them, their writing and wine. Shakespeare, Horace, Dr Johnson, Harold Pinter, Jane Austen, Jonathan Swift and Henry James are just a few of the writers examined here.

As he writes of these essays, "If they have a distinctive feature, it is to be found in their chosen angle of vision, and their conviction that, before it is an agricultural or (these days, more often) an industrial product, wine is associated with out most important human pleasures, desires, and fears."
 
Download Saintsbury's collected columns here    

 

 
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