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Charlotte Mew - And Her Friends (Paperback, New Ed): Penelope Fitzgerald

Charlotte Mew - And Her Friends (Paperback, New Ed)

Penelope Fitzgerald; Introduction by Michele Roberts

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Charlotte Mew (1869-1928) was a talented and successful poet, but one whose life was overshadowed by personal misery. Parental attitudes and a dominating nurse instilled in her feelings of guilt and alienation from a young age and her high spirits and love of reading and writing were continually disparaged. In adult life Charlotte believed that all passion was destructive and she repressed that joyful part of her personality with only occasional glimpses, as when she charmed Walter de le Mare. Two of her siblings became insane and were put into an asylum, so Charlotte and her sister determined to remain single and together they cared for their very difficult widowed mother. It was a lonely life, made harder by Charlotte's pride - which forbade her to accept help and literary patronage - and her unrequited passions for strong talented women. Eventually, in her 50s, she achieved financial security, but she was consumed by guilt after the death of her sister Anne. To the horror of her friends and admirers she committed suicide. Penelope Fitzgerald is famous mostly for her novels, but this biography, first published in 1984, is just as accomplished. Her portrait of Charlotte, her social circle - friends included Alice Munro - and her family is a vivid one, and she provides a fascinating insight into an era of great advances in art and technology. The reissue of this excellent book should ensure a renewed and much-deserved interest in Charlotte's work. (Kirkus UK)

"A tantalising, touching story. An entire life's emotional history in a short space."

Charlotte Mew (1869 – 1928) was a poet with a formidable reputation who, Thomas Hardy declared, was 'far and away the best living woman poet' and who wrote some of the finest English poems of the twentieth century. Her private life, to all appearances, was content and respectable: she was a dutiful daughter, living at home in late Victorian Bloomsbury, waiting, with the help of a sister, on a monster of an old mother. The proprieties had to be observed and no-one suspected that the Mews had no money, that two siblings were insane and that Charlotte was a lesbian, living in the dark thrill of self-inflicted frustration.

On all this Charlotte put a brave face, but despite literary success and a passionate, enchanting personality, eventually the conflicts within her drove her to despair, and she killed herself by drinking a glass of the household disinfectant, Lysol, the cheapest poison available.

In this unexpectedly gripping portrait of 'Bloomsbury's saddest poet', Penelope Fitzgerald brings all her novelists skills into play. The story she tells is a tragic one, but the book is full of the love of life.

"Moving and vivid. Her story reads like a Victorian melodrama"
RACHEL BILLINGTON, 'Financial Times'

"A sad story, beautifully told."

"Everyone says you can't write the biography of a genius. Penelope Fitzgerald has…and she has managed to present Charlotte Mew with such subtlety that you feel you've read her work, even if you haven't."



Imprint: Fourth Estate
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: November 2002
Authors: Penelope Fitzgerald
Introduction by: Michele Roberts
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 304
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-00-714274-3
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Biography & autobiography > General
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > 19th century
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > From 1900
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Poetry & poets > General
Books > Biography > General
LSN: 0-00-714274-9
Barcode: 9780007142743

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