Anthony Burgess, left, gave a lecture to a packed Mansion House, where, with a virtuoso display of learning and linguistic insight, he talked of Joyce and Gerald Manley Hopkins, teasing out the the similarities of their approaches to language. Jorge Luis Borges came and held court in a suite at the Shelbourne. There, a group of writers and scholars went to pay homage, presented like blushing debutantes to a blind dowager queen. Photographs: Getty Images; Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

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