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Denise Levertov, poet: born Ilford, Essex 24 October 1923; Fannie Hurst Professor (Poet-in-Residence), Brandeis University 1981-83; Professor of English, Stanford University 1982-94; married 1947 Mitchell Goodman (died 1997; one son; marriage dissolved 1974); died Seattle, Washington 20 December 1997.

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Chelsea waves goodbye to the White House

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Those old 45s get the laser treatment

Admit it: if you're over a certain age - old enough to remember when you were as young as the characters in This Life - then somewhere you have a pile of vinyl records, quietly gathering dust, unplayed since you invested in a CD player.

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Information superhighway? Bah!

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Why the long face?

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Of mice and men

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Letter: American ways to fund universities

Sir: In your report (1 May) on the university President Clinton's daughter is assumed to be attending this autumn, Stanford is referred as the "most expensive in the US", suggesting that it is a rich kid's university.

Obituary: Allen Ginsberg

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Nobel winner backs abortion `for any reason'

The Nobel prizewinning scientist who unravelled the structure of DNA, said yesterday that women should be able to abort foetuses at will if advances in genetics showed that they would be born gay, or dyslexic, or musically untalented or even too short to play basketball.
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