I am a retired English professor from Northern Arizona University now living in the UK, where I run an online MA in English for the University of Sheffield. I have written and published on wildflowers (UK Hardy Plant Society Journal) and have a semi-professional interest in material culture as it is involved in connections between between the Mediterranean and 17th century English literature. Right at the moment, this means fabrics both for clothing ("Cypress lawn" -- a fine cloth) and such things as "Turkey carpets".

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