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Kennedy : [unknown]

'(after reading story): " I see what he (Kennedy) means. The government's all Labour at the moment except Mr. Churchill. What he means to say is that the Premier will be a Labour man too. There'll only be the one party. That's what he means. It's not the end of democracy though. That's not what he means.'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group:      Print: Unknown


Bart Kennedy : America Revisited

'What price Bart Kennedy on America in the Daily Mail?'

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Arnold Bennett      Print: Newspaper


William Robert Kennedy : Hurrah for the Life of a Sailor: Fifty Years in the Navy

'I have never had the pleasure of meeting him [Admiral Sir William Robert Kennedy] ; but I've read and admired his book.[...] I re-read Admiral Kennedy's book with gratitude and have a great affection for the man [...].' Interspersed are ten lines of rather nostalgic praise.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Joseph Conrad      Print: Book


Dr Kennedy : [a tragedy]

'On Saturday, April 4, I drank tea with Johnson at Dr. Taylor's, where he had dined. He entertained us with an account of a tragedy written by a Dr. Kennedy (not the Lisbon physician). "The catastrophe of it (said he) was, that a King, who was jealous of his Queen with his prime-minister, castrated himself. This tragedy was actually shewn about in manuscript to several people, and, amongst others, to Mr. Fitzherbert, who repeated to me two lines of the Prologue : " Our hero's fate we have but gently touch'd ; The fair might blame us, if it were less couch'd"."'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Mr Fitzherbert      Manuscript: Unknown


Margaret Kennedy : The Constant Nymph

I think the 'C.N.' is fine. It is bound to make you respected among those whose respect alone is a comfort in moments of depression. For myself, I have been more impressed by it than by any novel from a new writer for years.

Century: 1900-1945     Reader/Listener/Group: Arnold Bennett      Print: Book


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