Mister Bosphorus and the Muses: Or, A Short History of Poetry in Britain, Variety Entertainment in Four Acts

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Duckworth & Company, 1923 - English drama - 126 pages

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Page 100 - Up and down the City Road, In and out the Eagle, That's the way the money goes, Pop goes the...
Page 48 - There is no man doth walk upon this earth But lives and dies by the poet ; sees the grass As the poet lets him see it ; so hears birds, Wind in the trees ; the frost drip in the sun-rise And the whisperings of love. We do command In the very heart of circumstance and glory ; We direct Renown ; decree to heroes marble bodies ; To others crapulous and frightful shades. P.
Page 42 - A London street in an obviously poor quarter. Old, small houses. Shops beneath. Two shops shown, preternaturally large. One is a pawnbroker's, the three golden balls protruding; the other an undertaker's, coffinlids standing outside. The film shifts; pawnbroking establishment vanishing, the undertaker's seems to jump, rather unsteadily, at the spectator.) P.
Page 46 - ... exhibits signs of anguish. Rushes into arms of PictureBosphorus, who consoles him. They talk.) At the piano Mr. B. vamps : " Pack up your troubles." B. (singing) : Poets who cannot sell their manuscripts Must Hope ! Hope ! Hope ! Poisons are costly and to hang yourself Needs rope ! Expensive rope ! Summer flow'rs are coming and for rhyme they give much scope ! So ! If there's no money in sham Tennyson Try Pope ! Pope ! Pope ! P. BULFIN : That isn't Poetry. That's modern. . . . Here ! What's wrong...
Page 43 - But, you've seen life from the cradle to the grave. My cradle came from the pawnshop; my obsequies Perforce will be inexpensive; public-houses I never entered much; at times; at times! My mother used to get my pre-natal Stout From that establishment, which lends it interest. She had a quart a day; and gin at threepence! The short and simple annals . . . P. BULFIN: Stop that talkin And tell me what it says . . . (The screen displays the words: Touching Meeting With Erstwhile Humble Retainer.
Page 70 - I can't get near the spades, Master. In the arbour, Master. Long of your dog, Master. Bossy — 34241 — Master, e usually fetches the spades. BOSPHORUS: "The possession of unusual gifts, whether of the intellect, the imagination, or even of physique, subjected those to whom they were attributed to grave suspicion on the part of the authorities.
Page 45 - Pour out liquid amethysts in wine ; and charm, Charm, charm, charm me where the air breathes warm ! (The screen exhibits legend: A HARD PURCHASER. WIDOW TRIES TO SAVE HOME BY PARTING WITH VALUED TREASURES. Within pawnbroker's shop Gentleman behind counter is seen to receive paper scroll from hands of widow. Gentleman unfolds scroll and reads.
Page 77 - MASTER: Your Grace, I desire nothing else. But whilst the State exists, I, its servant, am its loyal servant. I therefore do my best to have all lecturers — and in particular this 34241 — interrupted to the point of inaudibility. When the interrupters, worn out, can no longer continue to mask the lecturer's voice, I announce Half Time. (He blows whistle.) Half Time! Half Time there! (He goes up Stage and mingles with Pauper Audience, who begin talking to him.) CLARISSA: Be...
Page 43 - The same old street ! (On screen : Street, after preliminary stutterings, reappears. Hurried passengers with improbable gift of speed. A policeman's back ; improbably white-gloved hands folded behind him. An eminently, even improbably respectable Widow, crepe bonnet, white apron, passes alone across picture.
Page 100 - He carries by strap over shoulder a one-legged barrel-organ; the top covered with antique green baize. VOICE OF BOSPHORUS: This, this is what they offer us To versify. VOICE OF SOUTHERN MUSE: My Bosphorus...

About the author (1923)

Born Ford Hermann Madox Hueffer in England in 1873, Ford Madox Ford came from a family of artists and writers that included his grandfather, the pre-Raphaelite painter Ford Madox Brown, and his uncles Gabriel Dante Rossetti and William Michael Rossetti. Ford's early works were published under the name Ford Madox Hueffer, but in 1919 he legally changed his name to Ford Madox Ford due to legal complications that arose when he left his wife, Elsie Martindale, and their two daughters. He also used the pen names Daniel Chaucer and Fenil Haig. Ford's early works include The Brown Owl, a fairy tale, children's stories, romances, and The Fifth Queen, a historical trilogy about Katherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII. He also collaborated with Joseph Conrad, whom he first met in 1898, on three novels: The Nature of Crime, The Inheritors, and Romance. Ford is best known for his novels The Good Soldier, which he considered both his first serious effort at a novel and his best work, and Parade's End, a tetralogy set during World War I. Both of these books explore a theme that appears often in Ford's writing, that of a good man whose old-fashioned, gentlemanly code is in conflict with modern industrial society. Ford also published several volumes of autobiography and reminiscences, including Return to Yesterday and It Was the Nightengale, as well as numerous works of biography, history, poetry, essays, travel writing, and criticism of literature and art. Although Ford and Martindale never divorced, Ford had significant, long-term relationships with three other women, all of whom took his name; he had another daughter by one of them. He died in Deauville, France, in 1939.

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