Through examining letters, diaries, unknown poems and more, Lucy McDiarmid offers a new view of the literary friendships of major writers: Yeats and Ezra Pound, Lady Gregory and Yeats, and the hidden romantic affair of Lady Gregory and Wilfrid Scawen Blunt.
Literary scholar Jack Zipes explores the legacy of the Brothers Grimm in Europe and North America, from the nineteenth century to the present, revealing how they came to play a pivotal and unusual role in the evolution of Western folklore and in the history of the fairy tale.
A cultural investigation into our view of books as objects of affection and its roots in late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century publishing, reading habits, and domestic history, as well as the expectation that professional literary scholars should not just study, but love literature, and inculcate that love in generations of students.
Critic and writer Clive James presents a distillation of all he's learned about the art form of poetry, offering close readings of individual poems and poets (from Shakespeare to Larkin, Keats to Pound), and in some case second readings or re-readings late in life.
Michael Hofmann is one of the keenest critics of contemporary literature. In these thirty essays, Hofmann brings his signature wit and sustained critical mastery to a poetic, penetrating, and candid discussion of the writers and artists of the last hundred years.
Powers of Possibility explores how American experimental writers since the 1960s have set about presenting exactly that while engaging with specific issues of social power. The book covers a range of writers, literary genres, and political issues, including: Allen Ginsberg's anti-Vietnam War poems, Black Power theatre and the Space Programmes.
It’s 1985. 22-year-old Ananda has been a student in London for two years, practicing at being a poet. Over the course of one day, we follow Ananda and his eccentric uncle Radhesh on one of their weekly forays about town. Weaving back and forth in time, Chaudhuri gradually reveals the background to the two men’s lives.
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