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This Spinning World (43 stories from far and wide), Jim Potts; ISBN 978-1-912788-02-6

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Corfu, Homer's Scheria,The Land of the Phaeacians?

Louis Golding had no doubt, in Good-Bye to Ithaca, 1955.

See pages 10-15 of my own book, for a brief discussion of alternative theories

John Milton, from At a Vacation Exercise, 1628

Then sing of secret things that came to pass 
When beldam Nature in her cradle was; 
And last of kings and queens and heroes old, 
Such as the wise Demodocus once told 
In solemn songs at king Alcinous' feast, 
While sad Ulysses' soul and all the rest 
Are held with his melodious harmony 

In willing chains and sweet captivity.


  1. Dear Mr. Potts, I would like to use the image above, signed Edward Thorpe (with slight modifications, if allowed) as a base for a cover of a book (Italian tales) being published in archive.org for free download with Creative Commons license BY-NC-ND 4.0.
    Can you please confirm me whether the image is subject to any copyright or under the public domain / free for use? Have you got any detail about the author, as I couldn't find him so far.
    Sorry to bother you, thanks in advance and Kindest Regards,

  2. Dear Chiara,

    It was published in 1955, on page 161, in the book Good-bye to Ithaca, by Louis Golding (Hutchinson, Stratford Place, London). In the acknowledgements, page 237, the author writes, "The endpapers and charts have been drawn by Edward Thorpe". I suggest you contact Penguin, Random House:
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.co.uk/publishers/cornerstone/hutchinson/ for further information.
    For the book, see Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Goodbye-Ithaca-Louis-Golding/dp/B0000CJ61X