The Arts Council Literature Advisory Panel

A table of members of the Literary Advisory Panel between its formation in 1966 until the early 1980s.

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NameProfessionDate joinedDate leftNotable comments
Cecil Day-Lewis (Chairman)Poet and novelist, Poet laureate from 1968–197219661968Day-Lewis was a member of the Communist Party (1935–1938) but renounced his views in 1960. Much of his writing has socialist themes. Published works include: Beechen Vigil (1925); Country Comets (1928); Transitional Poem (1929); From Feathers to Iron (1931); The Magnetic Mountain (1933); A Time to Dance (1935); Noah and the Waters (1936); A Hope for Poetry (1934); A Question of Proof  (1935); Overtures to Death (1938); Word Over All (1943); The Private Wound (1968); Pegasus (1957); The Gate (1962); The Room (1965); and The Whispering Roots (1970).
Patricia BeerPoet19661978Published works include: Loss of the Magyar (1953); The Survivors (1963); Just Like the Resurrection (1967); Mrs. Beer’s House (1968); The Estuary (1971); Reader: I Married Him (1974); Driving West (1975); Moon’s Ottery (1978); The Lie of the Land (1983); Friends of Heraclitus (1993); Autumn (1997); and The Lost Woman (1983).
Charles Stanley Causley19661967Published works include: Hands to Dance (1951); Farewell, Aggie Weston (1951); Survivor’s Leave (1953); Union Street (1957); Johnny Alleluia (1961); Underneath the Water (1968); Secret Destinations (1984); Twenty-One Poems (1986); and A Field of Vision (1988).
Leonard ClarkPoet and anthologist19661970Published works include: All Things New (1965); The Hearing Heart; Singing in the Streets: Poems for Christmas; The Mirror; English Morning and Other Poems; A Fool in the Forest; and Green Wood: Tales of a Gloucestershire Childhood
Reginald Davis-PoynterPublisher19661971Davis-Poynter managed Granada Publishing until 1970, when he left to establish his own publishing company, Davis-Poynter Ltd. He was a socialist, a member of the Working Party to investigate Public Lending Rights, a member of the Tribune Group, and leader of Crawley Local Council.
Patrick GarlandTheatre and television director, actor and anthologist19661968
Giles GordonLiterary agent19661970Gordon was responsible for launching Penguin’s Modern Playwrights series. Additionally, he served on the council of the Royal Society of Literature, and on the management committee for the Society of Authors. He also wrote for the Spectator and The Times.
J. C. HallPoet19661967
Ted HughesPoet and children’s writer19661969Published works include: The Hawk in the Rain (1957); The Iron Man (1968); Crow: From the Life and the Songs of the Crow (1970); Remains of Elmet (1979); Moortown (1979); Orghast (1971); Wolfwatching (1989); The Iron Woman (1993); Tales from Ovid (1997); and Birthday Letters (1998). 
Frank KermodeLiterary critic19661974Published works include: The Sense of Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction (1967).
Edward Lucie SmithWriter, poet, art critic, curator and broadcaster19661967
Julian MitchellPlaywright and screenwriter19661970Published works include: Another Country (1981).
Iris MurdochNovelist and philosopher19661967Murdoch was a member of the Community Party of Great Britain (1938–1942). In 1942, she became assistant principal in the Treasury, but retained her communist views.
Ian ParsonsPublisher and anthologist19661970Parsons was President of the Publishers Association (1957 – 1959), Chairman of Chatto (1972 – 1975), and director at Hunter and Foulis, the Reprint society, the Scottish Acadmeic Press and the Sussex Universiy Press. He was made court assistant to the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company in 1977. Additionally, he was a member of the Garrick and Beefsteak clubs. 
Peter PorterPoet19661970Porter was part of a gathering of poets who became known as ‘the Group’. Published works include: Once Bitten Twice Bitten (1961); Metamorphosis (1960); The Cost of Seriousness (1971); and English Subtitles (1981).
V. S. PritchettWriter and literary critic19661970Pritchett was International President at PEN International. Published works include: Clare Drummer (1929); Shirley Sanz (1932); Nothing Like Leather (1935); Dead Man Leading (1937); You Make your Own Life (1938); Mr Beluncle (1951); London Perceived (1962); New York Proclaimed (1965); Dublin: a Portrait (1969); A Cab at the Door (1968); and Midnight Oil (1971).
Alan RossPoet, writer and editor19661967Ross was a regular contributor to The London Magazine.
Stevie SmithPoet and novelist19661967Published works include: Novel on Yellow Paper (1936); A Good Time Was Had By All (1937); Over the Frontier (1938); Tender Only to One (1938); and The Holiday (1949).
Charles TomlinsonPoet, translator, academic and illustrator19661967
C. V. WedgwoodHistorian19661968Published works include: Strafford, 1592-1641 (1935); The Thirty Years’ War (1928); William the Silent (1944); The Kings Peace, 1637-41 (1955); The Kings War, 1641-49 (1959); and The Trial of Charles I (1964).
Angus WilsonNovelist and short story writer19661970Wilson became chair of the Arts Council’s Literature Panel in 1967. Published works include: Hemlock and After (1952); Anglo-Saxon Attitudes (1956); A Bit Off the Map (1957); The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot (1958); and The Old Men at the Zoo (1961).
Victor Bonham-CarterAuthor, farmer and publisher19671973Bonham-Carter was director of School Prints Ltd. from 1937. He joined the Society of Authors in 1963, and acted as secretary from 1971–1978. He was also secretary of the Royal Literary Fund from 1966–1982. Published works include: The English Village (1952); and Exploring Parish Churches (1959).
Brigid BrophyNovelist, critic and campaigner19671968Brophy was the driving force behind the Public Lending Right Campaign. She was also part of the Writers Action Group. Published works include: The Crown Princess (1953); The King of a Rainy Country (1956); Black Ship to Hell (1962); Flesh (1962); Mozart the Dramatist (1964); The Snow Ball (1964); The Finishing Touch (1963); Prancing Novelist (1973); and Fifty Works of English and American Literature we could Do Without (1967).
Derwent May19671971
C. Ben Ridler19671969
William SansomWriter19671971Published works include: Fireman Flower (1944); Three (1946); The Body (1949); The Loving Eye (1956); The Curious Heart (1958); and Goodbye (1966).
Jon StallworthyProfessor, poet and literary critic19671973Stallworthy was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the British Academy. Published works include: A Familiar Tree (1978); and Singing School (1998).
Alan BrownjohnPoet and novelist19681971Brownjohn is a supporter of British Humanist Association, and participated in ‘the Group’. Published works include: Travellers Alone (1954); The Railings (1961); A Night in the Gazebo (1980); The Way You Tell Them: A Yarn of the Nineties (1990); The Long Shadows (1997); The Cat without Email (2004); A Funny Old Year (2001); A Bottle and Other Poems (2015); and Ludbrooke and Others (2010).
Peter JayPublisher19681970Jay founded Anvil Press in 1968.
Melvyn BraggBroadcaster, author and parliamentarian19691981Accolades include: Life Peer in House of Lords; President of the National Campaign for the Arts (since 1986); President of MIND charity; honorary fellow of the British Academy; honorary fellow for the Royal Society of Literature; President of the National Academy of Writing; and Vice President of the Friends of the British Library. Published works include: Without a City Wall (1966); The Hired Man (1969); A Place in England (1970); Kingdom Come (1980); Credo (1996); The Soldiers Return (1999); A Son of War (2001); Crossing the Lines (2003); and Remember Me (2008). Bragg is a member of the Labour Party.
Richard HolmesBiographer19691971Published works include: Shelly: The Pursuit (1974); Coleridge: Early Visions (1989); Coleridge: Darker Reflections (1998); Dr. Johnson and Mr. Savage (1993); Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer (1985); Sidetracks: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer (2000); The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science (2008); and Falling Upwards: How We Took to the Air (2013).
Karl MillerLiterary editor, critic and writer19691972Miller founded the London Review of Books. Published works include: Rebecca’s Vest (1993); Boswell and Hyde (1995); Dark Horses: an experience of literary journalism (1998); and Electric Shepherd: a likeness of James Hogg (2003).
W. A. Taylor19691974
W. L. Webb19691974
James AstorAuthor19701971
Professor C. B. CoxEducationist, scholar and poet19701973Cox chaired the Arvon Foundation from 1994–2000 and the North West Arts Board from 1994–2000. According to Lindsay Paterson, he ‘insisted that he was a liberal, both in the sense of respecting diversity and equal rights, and also in his belief in human reason and the importance of liberal education for all’ (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography). Published works include: The Black Papers on Education (1969–1977); The Cox Report; Cox on Cox; The Great Betrayal: Memoirs of a Life in Education (1992); and My Eightieth Year Before Heaven (2007).
Martyn GoffLiterary administrator, author and bookseller19701979Goff was director of National Book League from 1970–1988, and took over the administration of the Booker Prize in 1973. He created the Bedford Square Book Bang. Published works include: The Plaster Fabric (1957); The Youngest Director (1961); Indecent Assault (1967); and Tar and Cement (1988).
Francis KingNovelist, poet and short story writer19701971King joined the British Council in 1949. He was President of PEN international (1986–1989) and chairman of the Society of Authors. Published works include: To The Dark Tower (1946); The Dividing Stream (1951); The Firewalkers (1956); The Window (1957); The Custom House (1961); The Japanese Umbrella (1964); The Brighton Belle (1968); Domestic Animal (1970); A Game of Patience (1974); The Action (1978); and Yesterday Came Suddenly (1993).
Peter RedgrovePoet19701973Redgrove was part of a gathering of poets who became known as ‘the Group’. Published works include: The Collector (1960); At The White Monument (1963); The Force (1966); Every Chink of The Ark (1977); The Wise Wound (1978); The Wedding At Nether Powers (1979); The Black Goddess and the Sixth Sense (1987); Creative Menstruation (1988); Shuttle (1988); and Assembling a Ghost (1996).
J. G. BallardNovelist, short story writer and essayist19711974Published works include: ‘The Violent Noon’ (1951); ‘Escapement’ (1956); The Drowned World (1962); The Burning World (1964); The Crystal World (1966); The Overloaded Man (1967); The Disaster Area (1967); The Day of Forever (1967); The Atrocity Exhibition (1970); Crash (1973); Vermillion Sands (1973); Concrete Island (1974); The Day of Creation (1987); The Kindness of Women (1991); and Rushing to Paradise (1994).
Pamela Hansford JohnsonNovelist, playwright, literary and social critic19711972Hansford Johnson was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Published works include: This Bed Thy Centre (1935); Catherine Carter (1952); The Unspeakable Skipton (1959); The Humbler Creation (1959); On Iniquity (1967); The Honours Board (1970); Important to Me (1974); and A Bonfire (1980).
Tom MaschlerPublisher and writer19711976
Maschler worked for Jonathan Cape, a London publishing firm. He discovered and published many writers including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Ian McEwan, and Bruce Chatwin. He was also one of the key figures responsible for creating the Booker Prize. Published works include: Publisher (2005).
Redmond O’HanlonWriter and scholar19711973O’Hanlon joined the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History in 1982. Published works include: Joseph Conrad and Charles Darwin: The Influence of Scientific Thought on Conrad’s Fiction (1984); Into the Heart of Borneo (1984); In Trouble Again: A Journey Between the Orinoco and the Amazon (1988); Congo Journey (1996); and Trawler (2005).
Michael SchmidtPoet, author, scholar and publisher19711973Schmidt founded Carcanet Press, for which he acts as editorial and managing director. He founded PN Review, for which he acts as general editor. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Published works include: It Was My Tree (1970); The Colonist (1984); Lives of the Poets (1988); The Love of Strangers (1989); Selected Poems, 1972–1997 (1997); The First Poets: Lives of the Ancient Greek Poets (2004); and The Novel: A Biography (2014). He also contributed to Poets for Corbyn, a poetry anthology endorsing Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign in the 2015 Labour leadership election. 
Elizabeth Thomas 19711978
Stuart HampshirePhilosopher and literary critic19721976Hampshire acted as chairman of Literature Panel from 1972. Published works include: Spinoza (1951); Thought and Action (1959); Innocence and Experience (1989); and Justice is Conflict (1999).
Dan JacobsonNovelist, short story writer, critic and essayist19721976Published works include: The Trap (1955); The Beginners (1966); The Rape of Tamar (1970); The Confessions of Josef Baisiz (1977); The Story of Storeis: The Chosen People and Its God (1982); Adult Pleasures (1988); The Electronic Elephant (1994); and Heshel’s Kingdom (1998).
Ian Scott-KilvertEditor and translator19721979Scott-Kilvert worked for the British Council, and acted as chairman of the Byron Society. Published works include translations of: The Age of Alexander: Nine Greek Lives by Plutarch (1960); Makers of Rome: Nine Lives by Plutarch (1965); The Rise of the Roman Empire by Polybius (1979); The Roman History: the Reign of Augustus by Cassius Dio (1987). 
Paul BaileyNovelist and critic19731976Bailey is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Published works include: At The Jerusalem (1967); Trespasses (1970); A Distant Likeness (1973); Peter Smart’s Confessions (1977); Old Soldiers (1980); An English Madam: The Life and Work of Cynthia Payne (1982); Gabriel’s Lament (1986); An Immaculate Mistake: Scenes from Childhood and Beyond (1990); Sugar Cane (1993); Kitty and Virgil (1998); Three Queer Lives: An Alternative Biography of Naomi Jacob, Fred Barnes and Arthur Marshall (2001); Uncle Rudolf (2002); A Dog’s Life (2003); Chapman’s Odyssey (2011); and The Prince’s Boy (2014).
Magaret DrabbleNovelist, biographer and critic19731976Drabble chaired the National Book League from 1980–1982. She wrote out against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and about her subsequent feelings of anti-Americanism. Published works include: A Summer Bird-Cage (1963); The Garrick Year (1964); The Millstone (1965); Jerusalem the Golden (1967); The Waterfall (1969); The Needle’s Eye (1972); The Realms of Gold (1975); The Ice Age (1977); The Middle Ground (1980); The Radiant Way (1987); A Natural Curiosity (1989); The Gates of Ivory (1991); The Witch of Exmoor (1996); The Peppered Moth (2001); The Seven Sisters (2002); The Red Queen (2004); The Sea Lady (2006); The Pure Gold Baby (2013); and The Dark Flood Rises (2016).
Colin FalckLiterary critic and poet19731976Falck founded The Review. Published works include: Myth, Truth and Literature: Towards a True Postmodernism (1989); Post-Modern Love: An Unreliable Narration (1997); and American and British Verse in the Twentieth Century: The Poetry that Matters (2003).
Gillian FreemanWriter19731976Published works include: The Liberty Man (1955); Fall of Innocence (1956); Jack Would be a Gentleman (1959); The Story of Albert Einstein (1960); The Leather Boys (1961); The Campaign (1963); The Leader (1965); The Undergrowth of Literature (1967); The Marriage Machine (1975); The Schoolgirl Ethic: The Life and Work of Angela Brazil (1976); Nazi Lady: The Diaries of Elisabeth von Stahlenberg, 1938–48 (1979); An Easter Egg Hunt (1981); Lovechild (1984); Life Before Man (1986); Termination Rock (1989); His Mistress’s Voice (2000); and But Nobody Lives in Bloomsbury (2006).
Ronald HarwoodAuthor, playwright and screenwriter19741979Harwood was President of the English Pen Club (1989–1993), and of PEN international (1993–1997). He was chairman of the Royal Society of Literature (2001–2004) and has been President of the Royal Literary Fund since 2005. Published works include: All the Same Shadows (1961); George Washington September Sir! (1961); The Girl in Melanie Sir Donald Wolfit: His Life and Work in the Unfashionable Theatre (1971); Articles of Faith (1973); The Genoa Ferry (1976); César and Augusta (1978); One. Interior. Day. Adventures in the Film Trade (1978); The Dresser (1981); The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1983); After the Lions (1983); The Ages of Gielgud, an Actor at Eighty (1984); Tramway Road (1984); The Deliberate Death of a Polish Priest (1985); Interpreters (1986); Another Time (1989); Reflected Glory (1992); Home (1993); The Handyman (1997); Mahler’s Conversion Faber (2001); and An English Tragedy (2006).
Alexis LykiardWriter19741977Published works include: Summer Ghosts (1969); Robe of Skin (1969); Zones (1967); and Last Throes (1974).
Charles MonteithPublisher19741977Monteith was director of Faber and Faber (1954–1974) and the Poetry Book Society (1966–1981). He was a member of the Library Advisory Council for England from 1979–1981.
Hilary RubinsteinPublisher and literary agent19741978Rubinstein worked at The Observer (1963–1965). She represented clients including: Quentin Blake, Nadine Gordimer, Jan Morris, Geoffrey Moorhouse, and P. G. Woodhouse. She was a member of the council of the Institute of Contemporary Arts (1976–1992) and trustee of the Open College of the Arts (1987–1996).
John SandoeBookseller19741977He founded Sandoe’s Bookshop.
Dannie AbsePoet19751978Abse was a fellow of Royal Society of Literature. Published works include: After Every Green Thing (1949); Ash on a Young Man’s Sleeve; Funland (1973); and White Coat, Purple Coat: Collected Poems, 1948-1988 (1989).
Martin AmisNovelist19751978Amis was a strong critic of nuclear proliferation during the 1980s and 1990s. Published works include: Money (1984); London Fields (1989); Times Arrow (1991); Experience (2000); and Yellow Dog (2003).
Laurence CotterellWriter19751978
Paddy KitchenNovelist, biographer and art critic19751978Kitchen founded the Artist’s Licensing and Collecting Society in 1977.
L. C. KnightsCritic19751979Knights was co-editor of Scrutiny, a literary journal. Published works include: How Many Children Had Lady Macbeth (1993).
Piers Paul ReadNovelist, historian and biographer19751978Published works include: Game in Heaven with Tussy Marx (1967); The Junkers (1968); Monk Dawson (1969); Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors (1974); The Free Frenchmen (1986); and A Season in the West (1988).
Ion TrewinEditor, publisher and author19751978Trewin was literary editor of The Times from 1972–1979, and became publishing director of Hoddor and Staughton in 1991. He was chairman of the Society of Bookmen (1986–1988), the Cheltenham Festival of Literature (1997–2006), and the judges of the Booker Prize in 1974. In 1984, he became a member of the management committee of the Booker Prize. Published works include: The Hugo Young Papers (2008); and Alan Clark: The Biography (2009).
Roy FullerPoet19761977Fuller acted as chairman of the Literature Panel from 1976; he resigned over what he felt was the profligate distrubution of public funds. He was a member of the Library Advisory Council for England (1977–1979). Published works include: Poems (1939); Epitaphs and Occasions (1949); Counterparts (1954); New Poems (1968); Tiny Tears (1973); From the Joke Shop (1975); and Available for Dreams (1989).
C. J. DriverPoet19761978Driver is an anti-Apartheid activist and former political prisoner due to suspected involvement in the African Resistence Movement. He was elected President of the National Union of South African Students in 1963 and 1964. Published works include: Elegy for a Revolutionary (1984); Hong Kong Portraits (1986); Patrick Duncan: South African and Pan-African (2000); So Far: Selected Poems, 1960–2004 (2005); A Messiah of the Last Days (2010); Death of Fathers (2011); and Send War in Our Time, O Lord (2011).
David PlanteNovelist, diarist and memoirist19761977Plante is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an ambassador for the LGBT Committee of the New York Public Library. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983. Published works include: The Family (1978); The Country (1980); The Woods (1982); and Difficult Women (1983).
Christopher Sinclair-StevensonPublisher and literary agent19761980He founded Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd, a British publisher, in 1989.
Vicky Allen19771978
Maureen DuffyNovelist, poet, playwright, non-fiction author and activist19771979Duffy founded the Writers Action Group in 1972 with Brophy. She is the first president of the Gay Humanist Group (from 1980); President of Honour of the British Copyright Council; Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature; and a fellow of the English Association (2015). She is a socialist who was involved in early CND marches, and has spoken publically about animal rights, gay rights, and authors’ rights. Published works include: Wounds (1969); Love Child (1971); Capital (1975); Change (1987); Environmental Studies (2003); and Pictures from an Exhibition (2016)
K. R. McColvin19771980Published works include: The Library Student’s London (1961).
Graham MartinCritic and editor19771981
Jon SilkinPoet19771980Silkin was the founding editor of Stand quaterly magazine. It was established in 1952 to “take a stand” against the moral, social and artistic apathy of the times (The Independent). He believed in the importance of poetry in translation. Published works include: The Peaceable Kingdom (1954); and Out of Battle (1972).
Fraser Steel19771980
Anthony ThwaitePoet and writer19771980Published works include: Essays on Contemporary English Poetry (1957); Home Truths (1957); A Portion for Foxes (1977); and Victorian Voices (1980).
Brian AldissWriter and anthologies editor19781980Aldiss was a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1990, and a permenant special guest at the Annual International Conference on the Fantastic in Arts from 1989–2008. He also sat on the council for the Society of Authors. Published works include: The Brightfront Diaries (1955).
Margaret ForsterNovelist, biographer, memoirist and literary critic19781981Published works include: Georgy Girl (1965); Lady’s Maid (1990); Diary of an Ordinary Woman (2003); and How to Measure a Cow (2016).
Irene Macdonald19781979
Isabel QuigleyWriter, translator and film critic19781979Quigley worked for Penguin Books, and as a film critic for the Spectator (1956–1966). She also served on the Booker Prize jury in 1986. Published works include: The Eye of Heaven (1953); a translation of The Transfer by Steve Ceccherini, and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassini. 
C. Somerville19781982
Fay WeldonAuthor, essayist and playwright19781982Weldon acted as chair on the judging panel for the 1983 Booker Prize. Published works include: The Fat Woman’s Joke (1967); Puffball (1980); The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1984); The Cloning of Joanna May (1989); and The Bulgari Connection (2001). 
Robert GavronPrinter19791983Gavron dounded St Ives Printing Group in 1964. He was on the board of the Royal Opera House, a trustee of the National Gallery, the Institute of Public Policy Research and the Scott Trust (1997–2000), and an honourary fellow of the Royal Literature Society. He was also chairman of the Guardian Media Group from 1997–2000, and a Labour life peer in the House of Lords.
Elizabeth Jane HowardNovelist19791981Published works include: The Beautiful Visit (1950); The Long View (1956); After Julius (1965); Something in Disguise (1969); Odd Girl Out (1972); Mr. Wrong (1975); Getting It Right (1982); The Light Years (1990); Marking Time (1991); Confusion (1993); Casting Off (1995); Falling (1999); Slipstream (2002); Love All (2008); All Change (2013); and The Cazalet Chronicles.
Miles HuddlestonPublisher19791982Huddleston was responsible for reissuing the novels of Edith Wharton in the late 1960s and reviving her literary reputation.
Michael Launchbury19791981
Graham Nicholls19791981
John WhitleyArt historian and former child actor19791981Whitley was an art historian at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. 
Marghanita LaksiJournalist, radio panellist and novelist19801985Laksi was made Chairmwoman of the Arts Council 1982. She was a supporter of the campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Published works include: Little Boy Lost (1949); and The Victorian Chaise-Langue (1953).
Liz CalderPublisher and book editor19801982Calder became founding director of Bloomsbury Publishing in 1986. She was chair of the Royal Court Theatre from 2000–2003. She has acted as President of the Parati International Literary Festival in Brazil since 2003, and was awarded the Brazillian Order of the Southern Cross and the Order of Cultural Merit in 2004. She also founded the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Groucho Club. 
Philip LarkinPoet, novelist and librarian 19801982Larkin was awarded Queens Gold Medal for Poetry. He was offered the position as Poet Laureate in 1984, but declined. The Philip Larkin Society was established in 1995, 10 years after his death. Published works include: The North Ship (1945); Jill (1946); A Girl in Winter (1946); The Less Deceived (1955); The Witsun Weddings (1964); and High Windows (1974).