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This Rare Spirit: A life of Charlotte Mew


This Rare Spirit: A life of Charlotte Mew

SKU: 9780571313532 Category: Product ID: 174641


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Title: This Rare Spirit: A life of Charlotte Mew
Publication date: 15/06/2021
Imprint: FABER & FABER
Price: $49.99
Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED

The British poet Charlotte Mew (1869-1928) was regarded as one of the best poets of her age by fellow writers, including Virginia Woolf, Siegfried Sasson, Walter de la Mare and Marianne Moore. She has since been neglected, but her star is beginning to rise again, all the more since her 150th anniversary in 2019. This is the first comprehensive biography, from cradle to grave, and is written by fellow poet Julia Copus, who recently unveiled a blue plaque on Mew’s childhood house in Doughty Street and was the editor of the Selected Poetry and Prose (2019).

Mew was a curious mix of New Woman and stalwart Victorian. Her poems speak to us strongly today, in these strangely mixed times of exposure and seclusion: they reveal the private agony of an isolated being who was forced to keep secret the tragedies of her personal life while being at the same time propelled by her work into the public arena. Her poetry transfigures that very private suffering into art that has a universal resonance.

ISBN: 9780571313532
Dimension: 234mm X 153mm
Pages: 576

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Dimensions 234 × 153 mm