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Cy Fox, man of many parts

As well as the Toronto Globe and Mail's obituary on Cy Fox, there was also one in the Daily Telegraph on 8 August which revealed other interesting insights into his life.

In the early 1950s Cy had been a Rhodes scholar at Merton College, Oxford, studying law, a course which he abandoned in favour of taking up journalism. During that time, he went travelling in Europe, mixing with some very high-powered literary figures. He was picked up and seduced by Renate Gerhardt, wife of German poet and translator Rainer Gerhardt, who translated Henry Miller's (then erotically groundbreaking) Tropic of Cancer. Renate herself translated Virginia Woolf's (then avant garde feminist) A Room with a View.

A man of many parts indeed. ■