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Stephen Spender : a literary life

Author: John Sutherland
Publisher: Oxford [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the leading poets and cultural icons of the 20th century, Stephen Spender was a prominent writer, literary critic, and social commentator - and close friend of some of the best-known creative talents of his day. Now, in this biography, John Sutherland paints a portrait of Spender and of the glittering literary world of which he was a part, drawing on exclusive access to Spender's private papers." "This  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Named Person: Stephen Spender; Stephen Spender; Stephen Spender; Stephen Spender
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Sutherland
ISBN: 0195178165 9780195178166
OCLC Number: 57398294
Notes: Originally published: London : Penguin Books, Ltd., 2004.
Description: 627 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Ambitious son, failed father : 1909-30 --
The 1930s : Germany : the Tony Hyndman Years : Spain and after --
The 1940s : an Englishman again --
The 1950s : middle years, Mid-Atlantic --
The 1960s : young rebels and old rebel --
The 1970s : grandparent, not yet GOM --
The 1980s : retired, but not resigned --
The 1990s : 'Five years he shouldn't have had'.
Responsibility: John Sutherland.
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"One of the leading poets and cultural icons of the 20th century, Stephen Spender was a prominent writer, literary critic, and social commentator - and close friend of some of the best-known creative talents of his day. Now, in this biography, John Sutherland paints a portrait of Spender and of the glittering literary world of which he was a part, drawing on exclusive access to Spender's private papers." "This narrative illuminates the vast range of Spender's literary, political, and artistic interests. We follow Spender from childhood to his days at Oxford (where he first became friends with W.H. Auden, Christopher Isherwood, and Isaiah Berlin); to his meteoric rise as poet in the 1930s, while still in his twenties; to his later years as cultural statesman, at home in both Britain and America. We witness many of the century's defining moments through Spender's eyes: the Spanish Civil War, World War II, the Cold War, the 1960s sexual revolution, and the rise of America as a cultural force. And along the way, we are introduced to many of Spender's accomplished friends, including Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Cecil Day-Lewis, Joseph Brodsky, Lucian Freud, George Orwell, Virginia Woolf, and T.S. Eliot. Perhaps most important, Sutherland has been granted exclusive access to Spender's private papers by his wife Natasha Spender. Thus he is able to provide a far more intimate look at the poet's personal life than has appeared in previous biographies. Featuring 36 unpublished photographs, Stephen Spender: A Literary Life throws light not only on this supremely gifted writer, but also on the literary and social history of the twentieth century."--Jacket.

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