Actually it was Beth I met first. Jerry had been delayed somewhere so Beth got me to help with the laundry. I wonder now if, say, years earlier it had been Sir Geoffrey Keynes at the door, would Beth have sought his assistance in folding sheets? Probably yes.
Jerry was the first distinguished literary scholar I had ever met. Our two papers appeared in Blake Quarterly in Summer 1993, and his had a note
Mr. Keri Davies has generously allowed me to see his essay on Muir, coincidentally written at the same time as my own, and to improve mine on the basis of his.Naively, I thought this was the generous courtesy one would receive from Blake scholars as a matter of course. Alas!