Charlotte Mew: And Her Friends (Paperback)Penelope Fitzgerald (author)
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Penelope Fitzgerald's fascinating portrait of the tragic poet and her life at the heart of the Bloomsbury set.
Charlotte Mew (1869-1928) cut one of the most distinctive figures of the twentieth century - beloved of Siegfried Sassoon and Walter de la Mare (for whom she was `a very rare being'), unafraid of Virginia Woolf, and considered by Hardy to be `far and away the best living woman poet'.
Part of a new wave of fashionable female dandies who lived passionate, precarious existences in Bloomsbury, she was an enchanting and spirited personality. But behind the brave face was a life riddled with grief: left to care for her disturbed mother, two siblings with undiagnosed Schizophrenia and Charlotte herself burdened by depression and closeted lesbianism; she killed herself by drinking household disinfectant.
In this unexpectedly gripping portrait of a life of passion unfulfilled, Penelope Fitzgerald brings all her novelist's skills into play in telling a story that is at once tragic, beautiful and deeply human.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
`A perceptive, witty biography. A marvel and a curiosity ... reads like a Thomas Hardy novel' The Times
`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' The Times
`Absorbing ... full of insight and sympathy and mellow humour' Observer
`Wise and ironic, funny and humane, Fitzgerald is a wonderful, wonderful writer.' David Nicholls
`The heartbreaking story, beautifully told, of a hitherto underestimated poet. Tantalizing but touching, an entire life's emotional history in a short space.' Victoria Glendinning, Sunday Times
`A subtle, succinct, generous biography.' Hilary Spurling, Evening Standard