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cider with laurie

cider with laurie

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art/history: a bit of ambivalence about a subject is good for your work, right? see, this bloke was a romantic rogue...but he worked arduously to perfect his poetic & literary craft. he is also a local hero, born #otd in 1914, at slad, near my hilly & verdant town of stroud in the five valleys of a magnificent corner of gloucestershire. it was a place that inspired his most celebrated novel, 'cider with rosie' &, though he travelled across europe, he never truly left stroud behind. it was there, at the age of 15, that he discovered the tolstoyan anarchists at whiteway colony & became politically engaged - so much so that he went off to spain to fight in the republican army against franco. a true bohemian, laurie lee made love, music, art & poetry. he was an avid supporter of the british ruralists, who remain underrated. on balance, i'd say his good & decent deeds outweigh his tendency toward...cadliness.

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