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No End to Snowdrops Philippa Bernard

No End to Snowdrops von Philippa Bernard

No End to Snowdrops Philippa Bernard

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Tells the story of how the poet Kathleen Raine has developed from a small girl, who knew at the age of eight that she wanted only to write poetry, into a world-renowned poet and literary scholar.

No End to Snowdrops Zusammenfassung

No End to Snowdrops: A Biography of Kathleen Raine Philippa Bernard

This authorized biography of the poet Kathleen Raine tells the story of how she developed from a small girl, who knew at the age of eight that she wanted only to write poetry, into a world-renowned poet and literary scholar. Philippa Bernard follows Kathleen Raine's struggle against the constrictions of her suburban childhood to her exciting days at Girton College in the twenties, where she became friends with many brilliant writers, artists and scientists, including William Empson, Julian Trevelyan, Jakob Bronowski and the film maker Humphrey Jennings, friendships which lasted all her life. After a short marriage to Hugh Sykes Davies, she eloped with the poet Charles Madge to live in Blackheath where two children were born. An affair led to a break with Charles, who was involved at the time with Inez Spender, wife of the poet Stephen, and at the outbreak of war in 1939, she ran away with her children to the Lake District to the home of Michael Roberts and his wife Janet Adam Smith. Taking a cottage near Ullswater, she found a peaceful seclusion which enabled her to write some of her finest poetry, but found it difficult to support her family. Leaving the children with her friend, the art patron Helen Sutherland, she moved to London. In a room off the Tottenham Court Road, she came to know Sonia Brownell (later to marry George Orwell) who introduced her to the artists and writers of the Fitzrovia set, Dylan Thomas, Cyril Connolly and Rex Whistler among them, and including the strange figure of Tambi - James Tambimuttu - who published her first book of poems, Stone and Flower. Kathleen had already achieved much critical acclaim and published several volumes of poetry when she met through Tambi the naturalist and explorer Gavin Maxwell. She fell disastrously in love with him, but his homosexuality, which she understood from the beginning of their relationship, proved too much of an obstacle, for she totally failed to understand that this delightful companion, whose love of all natural things matched her own, completely failed to reciprocate the warmth of feeling that overwhelmed her. The title of his book, Ring of Bright Water, centred around his beloved otters at his home in Scotland, was taken from a poem of hers. An intensive period of research on the poet William Blake led to the publication of Blake and Tradition, marking Kathleen out as a leading Blake scholar. This was followed by works on Coleridge, Yeats and Thomas Taylor. Towards the end of her long life Kathleen Raine founded the journal Temenos with the help of Prince Charles, who became a good friend. She travelled to India, was honoured with the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and made a Companion of Honour. Philippa Bernard met her as a neighbour in Chelsea where she and her husband owned an antiquarian book-shop. In this book she assesses sympathetically the work of Kathleen Raine, but does not hesitate to throw a critical light on this unusual woman of the highest intellect who loved her children deeply but deserted them to follow her instincts, who had an entirely practical attitude to the world about her, but who pursued a spiritual path, and who achieved so much in the world of literature and poetry.

No End to Snowdrops Bewertungen

'This is an overdue biography of a fascinating woman in the world of 20th century literature. It is thoroughly researched, and the printed book is attractive, and produced to a high standard.' Reader, Amazon 'This is a thoroughly researched and fascinating book.' The Chelsea Society Report, 2009 'If my calendar's right, Kathleen Raine is about due for her posthumous progress report, and this good and useful biography does her great service by placing her in the company of the twentieth-century giants.' BOOKDEALER, January 2010

Über Philippa Bernard

Philippa Bernard lectured for many years for London University's Extra-Mural Department, while running an antiquarian bookshop in Chelsea. Her other books include Chelsea: A Visitor's Guide, Antiquarian Books, and Out of the Midst of the Fire.


Contents Acknowledgements ix List of Illustrations xi I Bavington 1 II Ilford 10 III Cambridge 17 IV Blackheath 33 V Martindale 48 VI 9 Paultons Square 65 VII Sandaig 81 VIII Girton College 100 IX 47 Paultons Square 113 X On a Deserted Shore 130 XI Temenos 144 XII India 154 Notes 173 Checklist of the Works of Kathleen Raine 183 A Select Bibliography 185 Index 188

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No End to Snowdrops: A Biography of Kathleen Raine Philippa Bernard
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Shepheard-Walwyn (Publishers) Ltd
Long-listed for People's Book Prize: Non-Fiction 2009
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