(6 January 2000)
Nao Parkhurst points out that "cinq" means five, so "Cinq Ans Après" presumably means "Five Years Later." Bartlett's, however, does give dates twenty years apart for the two poems. I don't know whether the dates are inaccurate, or whether Burgess meant that within five years after writing "The Purple Cow" he began to regret it, or something else entirely; if anyone knows the history here, please let me know.
A reader asks if I have any further information on Dixon Lanier Merritt, he of the pelican verse. Alas, I do not, except that he was allegedly born in 1879. If any of you do have such information, please drop me a note.
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