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Misadventures in field recording: Louis MacNeice

January 27, 2010


Poor Louis MacNeice — the Anglo-Irish poet, dramatist and classics don, at first a member of Auden’s thirties crowd and then a frequent postwar broadcaster on the BBC, a handsome devil described by Denys Hawthorne as looking like “a highly intelligent horse, one of Swift’s Houyhnhnms” — came to a bad end.

He was down a pot-hole in Yorkshire, assisting in the recording of some sound effects for his new radio drama about — well, a pot-hole in Yorkshire — and by God he got pneumonia and died. The year was 1963.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 6, 2010 8:46 am

    My Grandad died whilst being interviewed on the radio. True!

  2. May 17, 2010 4:09 pm

    Ouch, that’s terrible. I can’t even imagine how.

    (For some reason I only just noticed this comment.)

    By the way Rowan, aren’t you a bit of a local celebrity now or something?

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