Frank Kermode

The late literary critic, Sir Frank Kermode, was once an unwilling accomplice in mass libricide when he accidentally had his entire personal library systematically destroyed. The unfortunate episode is recounted in his Daily Telegraph obituary: “Expecting the arrival of some men to help him move house, he blithely handed the 50 cardboard boxes containing his library of 2,500 books, including many rare volumes, to the two burly types who knocked on his door. The entire collection was duly lost to the compressor of the municipal dustcart.”

Oops.

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