Dear readers of my blog,

"Coming soon" is an ad which is pasted across the shopping windows of an outlet soon to be opened. Here, however, it announces a new way of publishing my own texts "written to the moment" over a period of now twenty years following the chronology of their composition. Some of them are directly concerned with Oscar Wilde or James Joyce, others with literature and history in general, while for most of them I will have to provide a blog frame, so as to practise this genre regularly rather than sporadically as I must admit was the case in the last two years.

It has taken me the best part of two years to understand that what I am doing in this blog is waiting for material to accumulate so as to enable me to write the next piece. The result has often been satisfactory, at least for myself, when I realized that I was able to put fingers to keyboard to produce something that related both to everyday life and to literature with a particular stress being laid on Oscar Wilde.

When everyday obligations, however, became more and more demanding, it has become increasingly difficult to allow for time to compose a regular blog on the one hand. On the other hand, I discovered that many texts written a long time ago came into being under similar circumstances, so that by re-arranging and partly re-writing them in the past few weeks I noticed that "written to the moment" as they were in the past - and I am still producing similar texts at the moment - they were quite suitable to be published first as part of a regular blog post.

This may or may not be a test for a future publication of the complete collection in book form. At the moment, I am only happy to announce that, very soon, I will be in the position to launch the first few of these texts on the internet. The complete collection is going to be ordered alphabetically, but since it is not yet complete, publication is going to begin in the chronological order of their composition. And once all arrangements have been made, the whole project will become clear. Give me, however, a few weeks.

Meanwhile I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year that hopefully ends in a mood different from that it is necessarily going to begin in ten days' time. I am only too aware of the irony that even before the question of "Deal or No Deal" has been resolved the continent has had to stop all passenger movement to and from the UK owing to the current health crisis. So stay hale and healthy or safe and sound,

Best wishes,

Jörg W. Rademacher

21 December 2020

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Dear readers of my blog,

certainly it is not a very convincing move to announce a few days ago I would not write on Graham Swift again for some time to come and to do so within less than a week. It might have been otherwise in a study with piles of work undone and lots of papers lost for the time being in files difficult to find because of being in no order whatsoever.

At the moment, though, owing to a refurbishment of my study that I had been thinking of for some time and which was realized, delivered and mounted by a local company of joiners according to my plans last week, I for once see through many angles of my work that normally seem to be hidden away. As a result, I also looked through newspaper articles kept during the period when the schools were completely closed, and there was one article I came across just after having uploaded the last blog post which dealt with Mothering Sunday as well as with Here We Are by Graham Swift.

While rereading this good article I recalled my first perusal and a silent wish on my part not to allow myself to fall under the spell of the reviewer's drift. In fact, this did not happen, though I still agree with most of his observations on both novels. Lothar Müller from the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, based in Munich, insists on Swift's view of all people being “secret agents”, both in the literal sense of following Joseph Conrad's novel of that title, which is an influence on Jane Fairchild, the narrator in Mothering Sunday, and in the figurative sense of living with their secrets all their lives.

 

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Jörg W. Rademacher (*1962), born and bred in Westphalia. Attended university at Münster, Dundee and Lille. State exam in 1988. Ph.D. In 1993. Scholar, language teacher as well as writer and translator at Münster until 2002. Since 2002 secondary school teacher, writer and translator in East Frisia. Working on Wilde since 1988. Publishing on Wilde since 2000 as biographer and editor and translator, on a regular basis with Elsinor Verlag since 2012, since 2015 also editor and translator of Oscar Wilde calendars.

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