Talking to the Dead
By (author) Elaine Feinstein
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Talking to the Dead by Elaine Feinstein
Book DescriptionOpening with a death in winter, this is a tender work of mourning which is wonderfully moving but never dispiriting. Elaine Feinstein uses the remembered words of a much loved husband - sometimes affectionate, sometimes querulous - to invoke his solid presence; it is the man rather than her grief which is the centre of the book. Many lyrics recall the closeness of their last months together; others confess the ambivalence of a long marriage. Theirs was never an easy relationship, and she is not afraid to register the differences between them. With wry humour, she questions her own life before their meeting, and looks steadily at a future without him. As she imagines that future, she confronts the myths of an afterlife, a belief in God, her debts to other poets and her dependence on friends and children. Always in complete control of rhythm and tone, these beautiful lyrics explore the most intimate thoughts with a clarity and tenacity Ted Hughes once described as 'unique'. It is Elaine Feinstein's most passionate book of poetry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781857549027
(216mm x 135mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Publish Date: 29-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elaine Feinstein
Ted Hughes, Paperback (October 2016)
The first biography of the former Poet Laureate, famous for his marriage to Sylvia Plath, the subject of his bestseller, BIRTHDAY LETTERS, which has sold over 200,000 copies in hardback.
Portraits, Paperback (February 2015)
The latest collection by Elaine Feinstein, the renowned poet, novelist, translator and memoirist.
It Goes with the Territory, Hardback (October 2013)
First memoir by one of the most influential poets, novelists and critics of the last few decades. Full of literary anecdotes and revealing events in the author's personal life.
Cities, Paperback (June 2010)» View all books by Elaine Feinstein
Feinstein explores the haunted landscape between past and present, public history and personal memory, in simple intense lyrics.
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Author Biography - Elaine Feinstein
Elaine Feinstein is a poet, novelist and biographer. Born in 1930 in Liverpool to parents of Jewish-Ukrainian descent, she grew up in Leicester and read English at Newnham College, Cambridge. In 1980 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and in 1990 she received a Cholmondeley Award. She has also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Leicester and three Arts Council Translation awards. Elaine has written for radio and television and is a regular reviewer for The Times and Poetry Review. She lives in London. Elaine Feinstein has published over thirty books, including fourteen novels and a biography of Ted Hughes. Carcanet publish her Selected Poems, her collections Gold and Daylight, her Collected Poems and Translations (a 2002 Poetry Book Society Special Commendation) and After Pushkin, her anthology of contemporary responses to the poetry of Alexander Pushkin. Her versions of the poems of Marina Tsvetaeva were first published in 1971, and remain in print from OUP / Carcanet in the UK and Penguin in USA. Elaine Feinstein has recently published a biography of the great Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, Anna of All the Russias (Weidenfeld and Nicolson).
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