It must have been about June 1975 that I was quoted to by a friend from W.H. Auden’s ‘A Certain World’. Quotes were doing the rounds of the university college where the literature students, a minority in that setting, temporarily led a life they once imagined. The real world might be Law and Medicine, it was also Reading and Writing. The pun speaks of a circumscribed world and a definite world, a known world and a particular world, a reliable world and an assured world. We undergraduates found the title corny, but the pun speaks of each person’s individual condition.
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