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8:00am Thursday 16th August 2012 in Letters
Sir – In my letter on Richard Burton (August 9) I created a muddle, for which I must apologise to Richard Burton, Christopher Marlowe, and to all The Oxford Times readers who spotted this
I quoted three lines from Marlowe’s Doktor Faustus, the third line of which was (is): “Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss.”. The next sentence “And there she was, Helen to perfection”, was not Marlowe but my fairly uninspired words to evoke my memory of Elizabeth Taylor in January 1966, in a swirling mist, coming up through a trap centre-stage at the Playhouse as Helen of Troy.
For Richard Burton fans, watch out for the publication on October 1 by Yale University Press of The Richard Burton Diaries, edited by Professor Chris Williams. At 704 pages of text plus 16 pages of illustrations, this will be a very special literary treat.
Bruce Ross-Smith, Headington