Ken Newton and I were the same generation, although Ken was slightly older. Both non-Oxbridge products, we experienced problems in entering academia. Ken was in a way more fortunate initially as he obtained a position at the University of Dundee, where he stayed for the rest of his career rising through the ranks to hold a Personal Chair of Literary Theory. We also wrote on the same two authors, George Eliot and Harold Pinter. Ken's work on Eliot was diverse and challenging. An early publication, “Byronic Egoism and George Eliot's The Spanish Gypsy” (Neophilologue, vol. 57, no. 4, 1973), focused on a text that had been largely ignored, the fascinating poem The Spanish Gypsy, and her poem Armgart. Ken's interest in the relationship between narrator and structure is reflected in another publication from this time, “The Role of the Narrator in George Eliot's Novels”...

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