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Bile flowed in the veins of this restless moralist, who disappeared mysteriously in 1913.

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Robert Fisk: Avoid cliché like the plague? Never

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Carol Sarler: Put your kids off sex: tell them about it

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Robert Fournier

Emmanuel Cooper's excellent obituary of Robert Fournier [12 March] had one error, writes John Wallace. Fournier's Illustrated Dictionary of Practical Pottery was published in 1973, not in 1952.

Robert Fournier: Inventive ceramist whose 'pebble' pots were based on natural forms

The potter Robert Fournier was as well known for his many distinguished reference books as his inventive ceramics. Something of a rebel, he was a lifelong pacifist and atheist, and his decision to become a potter was, in part, a refusal to compete in what he saw as an increasingly consumer-led society.

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