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November 2004 is the 40th anniversary of Maclaren-Ross's premature death, hastened by drug and alcohol abuse. A significant number of features and articles are planned in the national press throughout November. Maclaren-Ross's wild, bohemian life makes him a counterpart to hard-living American writers such as Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac. Endorsed by leading 20th cent ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 11th 2004 by Dewi Lewis Publishing
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I confess I was expecting the usual litany of drunken "artistic" Soho goings-on, but this collection of stories proved icher than that. I'm usually wary of people trying to replicate what they believe to be working-class speech, but I think Maclaren-Ross pulls it off, especially in the stories set in the Army. Several made me laugh out loud, which was unexpected. I can only assume that the earthy language caused quite a stir when they first appeared.
The English writer and dandy, Julian Maclaren-Ross (1912-64), is synonymous with the bohemian world of mid-twentieth-century Soho. There he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Dylan Thomas, Quentin Crisp, John Minton, Nina Hamnett, Joan Wyndham, Aleister Crowley, John Deakin, Augustus John, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. His theatrical dress sense — a sharp suit combined with his famous tedd ...moreMore about Julian Maclaren-Ross...