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ID
cx155
Title
Back to Methusaleh on a Beefsteak
Genre
Essay
Page Count
2
Word Count
800
Publisher
Royal Air Force Journal
Publication Year
1942
Document Types
Full-text Online
Eads, Additions to
Letters

A response to an article in the Royal Air Force Journal (August 22, 1942, pp. 1-2, attached) by George Bernard Shaw called "To Tokyo on Buttermilk."

The article, in support of a vegetarian diet or at least consumption of less beefsteak and Guinness, was solicited by Hector Bolitho, then an intelligence officer with the RAF and editor of the publication; Bolitho and Bates had been friends for many years, which perhaps prompted the response by Bates, who himself was in the RAF as a writer, in which he defends the more traditional British diet.

The article by Bolitho appeared in the Texas Quarterly (11.1, 1968, pp. 100-112, attached).

In the Royal Air Force Journal (September 19, 1942, p. 35, attached).


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