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John Lennard (born 1964) read English at New College, Oxford, took an MA at Washington University in St Louis, and a DPhil. back at New College. After teaching for the Open University and the University of London, he was Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, from 1991-8, and Professor of British and American Literature at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, from 2004-09. He is now a freelance academic and writer and general editor of Humanities-Ebooks' Genre Fiction Sightlines and Monographs series.

Besides almost all books, he likes cats, cricket, mountains and forests, architecture, punctuation (and its peculiar history), red wine, honky-tonk piano, blues and folk, rugs, knots, jigsaws, crosswo
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John Lennard Hi Robert, and that would be a yes. Both the Sightline on On Beulah Height, and the essays 'Of Serial Readers' (which has stuff on the various serial…moreHi Robert, and that would be a yes. Both the Sightline on On Beulah Height, and the essays 'Of Serial Readers' (which has stuff on the various serial killers of Mid-Yorks.) and 'Of Yorkshire and Purgatory: Dorothy L. Sayers and Reginald Hill's Divine Comedy' (both in Of Modern Dragons and Other Essays on Genre Fiction are available from Humanities-Ebooks in PDF and other formats.

Incidentally, you don't need a Kindle to read Kindle files -- there is a free app for laptops, tablets, smartphones &c.. Amazon are annoying in many ways, but they do make reading Kindle files possible pretty much anywhere and on anything.

The Genre Fiction Sightlines were an attempt (a) to get more genre fiction taught, or at least considered for teaching, by providing some useful materials, and (b) to make available to interested readers the kind of info annotated editions of classics make available. Each has four parts -- some preliminary notes, for before one reads (in the case of OBH, who Reg Hill was, the order of D&P volumes, the significance of Yorkshire and some dialect words, British police ranks, Mahler's Kindertotenlieder &c.) ; then annotations, for while you read, glossing obscure or dialect words, noting allusions &c. ; then an essay, for after you read ; and a bibliography, with whatever further reading may be available. They seem to have worked within limits for interested readers, but less so in encouraging teaching. Ah well -- I tried, and they do something to recommend the books I annotated, all of which deserve far more attention than, say, E. L. James, but don't get it.

I'm always delighted to know someone's reading Reg Hill -- he was a lovely man, kind and funny and sometimes sly, as well as a wonderful novelist, and though I didn't know him that well I miss our occasional meetings very much.

Good luck, and if anything I've said isn't clear, do please come back to me.

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John Lennard Why wouldn't I include a copyright notice, Simon? The work is original, I am as author entitled to the copyright, and I therefore asserted it in the…moreWhy wouldn't I include a copyright notice, Simon? The work is original, I am as author entitled to the copyright, and I therefore asserted it in the manner prescribed by the relevant 1988 UK act.

My fanfic I cannot properly copyright, and blog posts and the like are de facto in the public domain, but where work I can properly copyright is concerned, I do ; not least because, being without a salary, I need to protect what income I do have. A copyright page is not of course in itself a protection against piracy, but it does at least create a legal basis for objecting to it, should it happen.

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“Punctuation is to words as cartilage is to bone, permitting articulation and bearing stress.”
John Lennard, The Poetry Handbook: A Guide to Reading Poetry for Pleasure and Practical Criticism

“Punctuation is to words as cartilage is to bone, permitting articulation and bearing stress.”
John Lennard, The Poetry Handbook: A Guide to Reading Poetry for Pleasure and Practical Criticism

“Closure is bullshit.”
James Ellroy

“There's this to say of love and breath --
They give a man a taste for death.”
A.E. Housman

“Punctuation is the pragmatics of written language.”
M.B. Parkes, Pause and Effect: Punctuation in the West

“The toad beneath the harrow knows
Where every separate tooth-point goes ;
The butterfly upon the road
Preaches contentment to that toad.”
Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse




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