Christopher Logue, 1926-2011
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"Almost everything I do is based on other texts anyway. Without plagiarism, there would be no literature. I'm a rewrite man."
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The poet Christoper Logue has died, aged 85. Logue had a varied career, at various points serving in the British Army (and being arrested for espionage after a drunken threat to sell secrets), writing pornography under the nom de plume
Count Palmiro de Vicarion, recording George Martin
-produced, "heroically daft
" jazz recitals of the poems of Pablo Neruda (YT
) and regularly contributing to the British satirical magazine Private Eye
, where he edited Pseuds' Corner
, while finding the time to be arrested again, for civil disobedience as part of Bertrand Russell's Committee of 100
" were performed at Peter Cook's jazz-and-satire club The Establishment
by Annie Ross
(YT of Ross performing with Count Basie) and he played Cardinal Richelieu in Ken Russell's (.
) film The Devils
(other dramatic roles included Swinburne, Socrates and "Spaghetti-eating fanatic" in Terry Gilliam's Jaberwocky
However, he is now best-known for his much-interrupted and asynchronous modern reworking in several books of Homer's Iliad
, begun in 1959 with Achilles and the River
, followed up in the 60s with Patrocleia
, and then abandoned for 20 years before Kings, The Husbands, War Music, All Day Permanent Red
and Cold Calls
were produced between 1991 and 2005.
Logue reads an extract from All Day Permanent Red
Susha Guppy interviews Logue for the Paris Review, 1993.
Logue interviewed by Tim Kendall for Thumbscrew, 1994.