“I can be pretty handy in a roughhouse,” said F R Leavis. I’d love to have seen that. #Leavis

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“I can be pretty handy in a roughhouse.” So said F. R. Leavis, all five-foot-six, 125 pounds of him, when offering to support some of his arty students at Downing College, Cambridge, whose protest meeting during the Suez Crisis of 1956 was threatened by members of the Boat Club. We may have trouble imagining this bantam don putting any oarsman against the wall, but in a literary critical fight there was, at midcentury, no one better.

Source: The Weekly Standard.

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