- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Amanda Knox hires lawyer to help get book deal

Amanda Knox said she’s hired a Washington, D.C., lawyer to help her land a book deal after an Italian court cleared her and her ex-boyfriend in the killing of her British roommate, the Associated Press reports.

Knox family spokesman Dave Marriott said Robert Barnett will represent Miss Knox in discussions with publishers and help her evaluate other opportunities.

Mr. Barnett has represented the literary interests of President Obama and former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

Miss Knox returned to her hometown of Seattle in October after she was cleared in Meredith Kercher’s death.

The 24-year-old had been in custody since 2007, and experts have suggested she could score a seven-figure book deal. She hasn’t granted any interviews since her release.

Poet Ted Hughes honored with memorial stone in abbey

British poet Ted Hughes is being honored with a memorial stone in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey, joining a line of great British writers going back to Geoffrey Chaucer.

The stone in the abbey floor, which was to be unveiled Tuesday evening, is next to one honoring T.S. Eliot, Hughes‘ mentor and publisher.

Hughes‘ stone is inscribed with his name and words from “That Morning,” one of his “River” poems: “So we found the end of our journey / So we stood alive in the river of light / Among the creatures of light, creatures of light.”

Some 300 people are expected to attend the ceremony, including Hughes‘ widow, Carol, and daughter Frieda. Nobel Prize-winning Irish poet Seamus Heaney will deliver an address.

Hughes died of cancer in 1998, months after publishing “Birthday Letters,” a powerful collection reflecting on his troubled first marriage to poet Sylvia Plath. Plath killed herself in 1963, after the couple had separated. A letter Hughes wrote to her in 1956 was chosen as one of the readings for the ceremony.

“Birthday Letters” brought Hughes sympathy and a torrent of praise after long years of keeping silent about his marriage to Plath.

Hughes joins 111 writers memorialized in Poets’ Corner in the area where Chaucer was buried in 1400 - not because he wrote “The Canterbury Tales,” but because he was clerk of the works at the nearby Palace of Westminster, now almost entirely rebuilt. Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Samuel Johnson, Rudyard Kipling, John Masefield and Alfred Lord Tennyson are among the writers buried in the abbey.

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