Oxford Poetry Prof Resigns
First female to nab top post reverses earlier decision amid smear campaign accusations
By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted May 25, 2009 7:17 PM CDT
British poet Ruth Padel, great-great-granddaughter of Charles Darwin, resigned her post as Oxford Professor of Poetry today amid accusations she ran a smear campaign against a rival for the job.   (AP Photo / Sang Tan)
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(Newser) – The first woman to hold one of the UK’s top poetry posts has reversed direction and announced her resignation amid accusations that she ran a smear campaign against a rival, the Telegraph reports. Ruth Padel stepped down as the Oxford Professor of Poetry today but maintained she acted in “good faith” in telling reporters about a book detailing sexual harassment accusations against Nobel laureate Derek Walcott.