Poems Written Abroad is the first publication of the earliest collection of poetry by the famous poet, novelist, literary critic, translator, and radical, Sir Stephen Spender 1909 1995 Spender wrote and compiled this manuscript in 1927, when he was living in Nantes and Lausanne In tone and diction, Spender s poems range from creatively traditional to unexpectedly innovative They reflect his reading in Shakespeare and French poetry, as well as his absorption in music and modern art They also document his struggles with his sexual identity and his emerging desire to devote his life, at whatever cost, to the writing of poetry.This beautiful facsimile edition, authorized by the Spender estate, faithfully reproduces the features of the original manuscript now held by the Lilly Library, including the frontispiece, an ink drawing by Spender himself, and little known photographs of the poet The editor s extensive introduction and detailed explanatory notes situate Spender s juvenilia in the context of his life and work and the history of modern poetry The volume will appeal to readers with interests in modern poetry, gender studies, and fine books. Download Poems Written Abroad: The Lilly Library Manuscript – bluevapours.co.uk
Sir Stephen Harold Spender 1909 1995 , English poet, translator, literary critic and editor, was born in London and educated at the University of Oxford, where he first became associated with such other outspoken British literary figures as W H Auden, Christopher Isherwood, C Day Lewis and Louis MacNeice His book The Thirties and After 1979 recalls these figures and others prominent in the arts and politics and his Journals 1939 1983, published in 1986 and edited by John Goldsmith, are a detailed account of his times and contemporaries.His passionate and lyrical verse, filled with images of the modern industrial world yet intensely personal, is collected in such volumes as Twenty Poems 1930 , The Still Centre 1939 , Poems of Dedication 1946 , Collected Poems, 1928 1985 1986.World Within World, Stephen Spender s autobiography, contains vivid portraits of Virginia Woolf, W B Yeats, T S Eliot, Lady Ottoline Morrell, W H Auden, Christopher Isherwood and many other prominent literary figures First published in 1951 and still in print, World Within World is recognised as one of the most illuminating literary autobiographies to come out of the 1930s and 1940s There can be few better portrayals of the political and social atmosphere of the 1930s.The Destructive Element 1935 , The Creative Element 1953 , The Making of a Poem 1962 and Love Hate Relations English and American Sensibilities 1974 , about literary exchanges between Britain and the United States, contain literary and social criticism Stephen Spender s other works include short stories, novels such as The Backward Son and the heavily autobiographical The Temple set in Germany on the 1930s and translations of the poetry of Lorca, Altolaguerra, Rilke, H lderlin, Stefan George and Schiller From 1939 to 1941 he co edited Horizon magazine with Cyril Connolly and was editor of Encounter magazine from 1953 to 1967.Stephen Spender owed his own early recognition and publication as a poet to T S Eliot In turn Spender was always a generous champion of young talent, from his raising a fund for the struggling 19 year old Dylan Thomas, to a lifelong commitment to helping promote the publication of newcomers In 1972, with his passionate concern for the rights of banned and silenced writers to free expression, he was the chief founder of Index on Censorship, in response to an appeal on behalf of victimised authors worldwide by the Russian dissident Litvinov.
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- Poems Written Abroad: The Lilly Library Manuscript
- Stephen Spender
- 13 May 2019 Stephen Spender