So Spirited a Town
Visions and Versions of Liverpool
By (author) Nicholas Murray
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So Spirited a Town by Nicholas Murray
Book DescriptionIn this highly personal encounter with his native city, Nicholas Murray blends literary descriptions of Liverpool across the centuries with his own memories of a 1960s Liverpool childhood to create an original and nuanced portrait of the character of a remarkable city. The result is a rich mosaic built up from a range of literary sources: quirky eighteenth- and nineteenth-century guide books, songs, poems, reminiscences, sermons, novels, letters, histories, travelogues, political tracts, autobiographies, essays, journalism, official reports, and jokes. This is a book about how Liverpool has been seen by others but it is also a personal and sometimes moving record of growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s and 1960s, exploring in an often light-hearted way what it means to be 'Scouse', never forgetting that De Quincey's "many-languaged town" is a cosmopolitan, multi-racial seaport with an often tough history of poverty, industrial strife, migration, but, above all, humour.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846311284
(234mm x 156mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Liverpool University Press
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Nicholas Murray
Nicholas Murray is a freelance author based in Wales and London. Born in Liverpool in 1952 he is the author of several literary biographies (Bruce Chatwin [Seren Books], World Enough and Time: The Life of Andrew Marvell [St Martin's Press], Aldous Huxley: An English Intellectual [Abacus], and Kafka [Little Brown]), two collections of poems, and two novels. He is a regular contributor of poems, essays and reviews to newspapers and literary magazines such as The Independent, The Guardian, The New Statesman, London Magazine, TLS, Thumbscrew, Metre, Poetry, Arete and many others. He is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at Queen Mary University of London.
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