Alan Coren (1938-2007) wrote some of the funniest things I’ve ever read. I first encountered him when my mother went on vacation to England and brought me back a copy of an issue of Punch as a souvenir. That magazine is awfully moldy and tattered now, but Coren’s column is still legible.
I’ve bought every book by Alan Coren that I’ve been able to find, over the years. That includes a copy of Golfing for Cats that was never published in the USA; I found it in an antiques store in Palm Springs. None of them contains the article that introduced me to Coren. Some entrepreneurs have acquired the Punch archives, but they’re only interested in selling the cartoons.
So I’ve rescued “And a Gray Dawn Breaking…” here, under the “20th Century Paleography” rubric.