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A Strong Song Tows Us

A Strong Song Tows Us [Kindle Edition]

Richard Burton
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A major contribution to modern literary studies. Literary Review Must surely stand as the definitive reference work. The Spectator Thoroughly researched and enthralling. The Guardian Captivating...Burton's splendid biography may just release Bunting's work from cult status. The Independent A triumph...Richard Burton's thorough and companionable life of Basil Bunting gives us, at long last, the biography Bunting's work merits and his readers deserve. Don Share, Editor Poetry (Chicago) Tremendously diligent and feisty and energetic. London Review of Books Reads like a racy, picaresque novel…indispensable…a lavishly detailed, meticulously researched biography, which is unlikely to be bettered London Magazine Excellently measured…holds its nerve in the grip of Bunting’s seemingly obsessive wandering, Cambridge Humanities Review Monumental…the story of a life more interesting than fiction Modernism/Modernity Goes a long way to restoring Bunting to his rightful place among the greats of Anglo- American literary modernism American Conservative Resurrects a man whose reckless brilliance…blazed a trail through almost every pillar of the establishment Belgravia Magnificently researched Manchester Review Very good…this book should have “START HERE” written on it. Lady Godiva and Me Stunning and…definitive The Allen Ginsberg Project This is an extraordinary life, the tale of the century as it goes, and Richard Burton's excellent detective work tells it vividly. Tom Pickard A life that sticks in the mind Oxford Today

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A Strong Song Tows Us tells a captivating tale of action, adventure and lasting friendships. We meet some of the finest writers of the last century, including Yeats, Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams and Louis Zukofsky. And at the heart of Bunting’s remarkable life lies one of the greatest love stories of the twentieth century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4936 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Infinite Ideas (18 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #187,073 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a life! 27 Nov 2013
By Henry
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This book was recommended to me by a friend who shares my love of modern poetry. To our shame, neither of us had heard of Basil Bunting - I have now, and so has everyone I've spoken to over the last couple of weeks! This rigorous and detailed book paints a beautiful picture of an incredible life. Burton's style is engaging and entertaining and there are illuminating readings of some of Bunting's extraordinary poetry. The book is worth buying for the section on Villon alone, which is superb. Not only has this book introduced me to a poet who is now amongst my favourites, it has rekindled my enthusiasm for listening to poetry closely and allowing it to be reborn with each new reading; Bunting's powerful and indefatigable poetry certainly is. And if you're not that interested in poetry, read this book for its value as work of social history. It is a thorough, full and animated biography of an incredible artist. Bring on the Faber edition of Bunting's Complete Poems!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Put out the bunting 9 Oct 2013
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Basil Bunting has long been neglected. Richard Burton's book will hopefully change this. It is not only Bunting's poetry which deserves recognition, but also his wonderfully picaresque life. Burton captures both the brilliance of the writing and the wonderful intricacies of Bunting's life with considerable wit and insight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long overdue 14 Nov 2013
By Mallin
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Bunting is wrongly neglected but this excellent new biography will correct that. I picked it up knowing Briggflats but little else of Bunting's canon and nothing of him. The book sent me back to the poetry equipped to better appreciate place, time, sound and context. And BB himself emerges as a complex, riotous, flinty genius at the heart of modernism. Echoes of Ellman in a biography which is sympathetic and almost discreet in its drawing of the man and rigorous in its reading of his work. Must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully refreshing 27 Feb 2014
Biography - especially big biography - is so often the preserve of academics that it's rare - and wonderful - to come across such a readable, zesty life of a major literary figure. Intelligent and articulate, Richard Burton engages with both the man and the work in a lucid, thoughtful and sometimes provocative manner. Bunting's life, as others have said, is remarkable enough itself. But for me the greatest achievement of A Strong Song Tows Us lies in its invaluable analyses of the often difficult poems, notably 'Briggflatts' but also the 'odes' and 'sonatas' (including 'Villon', a poem remarkable for its music and ideas written when Bunting was still in his twenties), returning the reader to them with renewed delight. Hats off. It seems to me an important contribution to the history of twentieth-century British literature.
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