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146 Centers for the study of Irish literature and Victorian and Edwardian literature seem to have sprung up all over France. Does this betoken a revival of French scholarship - or at least some new directions? ANNOUNCEMENTS 1. Esther Waters in England; In 1948 Ian Dalrymple's Wessex Films company produced a motion picture based on Esther Waters. The screenplay was prepared by Michael Gordon and William Rose, with additional dialogue by Gerard Tyrrell. It starred Kathleen Ryan and Dirk Bogarde. Thirty years later, as Desmond Hawkins writes me, Esther Waters "is having something of a boom" on BBC. The novel, dramatized in four parts by Douglas Livingstone, was shown on BBC 2 TV beginning March 12, 1978. Abridged in fifteen parts by Allan ,McClelland, the novel also was produced, beginning on March 13, 1978 on BBC Radio Four, with Joan Plowright's reading of the first part. The 1948 film having been made available to us, Nicholas Salerno and I gave a private viewing on April 28 as the highlight of a pleasant evening with Edwin Gilcher. Who knows, perhaps Public Television in America may pick up the BBC 2 TV production for Masterpiece Theater. Well-adapted, some of Moore's novels do make good television fare. Anyone for A Mummer's Wife, A Drama in Muslin, The Lake, and - do we dare - The Brook Kerith? 2. "Double, double, toil and trouble": By now most readers will be aware that catastrophy struck the state of Arizona during the first week of March - heavy flooding, roads washed out, bridges destroyed or under water. Thus the delayed mailing of Vol. 21, Nos. 1 and 2. These difficulties were compounded by a printing problem with the inside front cover of No. 2, the commitment to include insertions after some postal delays, a breakdown of our addressograph equipment, and an assortment of other no less serious problems. Worst of all, our marvelous typist-subscription manager, Carol Rawls, graduated in June; she will be missed not only for her professionalism and conscientiousness but also for the good humor and calm that did much to keep us all reasonably sane in the crises. We hope our readers will remain as patient as ever as we adjust, confront new problems, and somehow muddle through. 3· Hail and Farewell: Ian Fletcher (University of Reading) has ended his tenure as Distinguished Visiting Professor while I have ended a fruitful year of research and the projection of impossible dreams. Thé greatest pleasure of all has been talking "shop" with Ian, benefiting from his wide-ranging knowledge, and enjoying his humanizing wit. I, for one, look forward to refreshing myself at his fountain in Reading during the summer of 1979. ...


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