Jeremy Reed is a Jersey-born writer, poet and prose stylist. Reed has published 50 major works in 25 years. He has written more than two dozen books of poetry, 12 novels, and several volumes of literary and music criticism. He has also published translations of Montale, Cocteau, Nasrallah, Adonis, Bogary and Hölderlin. His own work has been translated abroad in numerous editions and more than a dozen languages. He has received awards from the National Poetry, Somerset Maugham, Eric Gregory, Ingram Merrill, and Royal Literary Funds. He has also won the Poetry Society's European Translation Prize.
Reed began publishing poems in magazines and small publications in the 1970s. His influences include Rimbaud, Artaud, Jean Genet, J.G. Ballard, David Bowie and Iain Sinclair. Reed has a long history of publication with Creation Books, Enitharmon and Peter Owen, however his Selected Poems is published by Penguin Books. His latest novel to be published is Here Comes the Nice.
He has collaborated with the musician Itchy Ear. They perform live under the name Ginger Light.
This book puts stars like Marc Almond, Scott Walker and Leonard Cohen into their rightful context as fin-de-siecle visionaries, part of a continuing tradition stretching from Oscar Wilde to Jean Genet. This is a great mixture of popular culture and erudition and Jeremy Reed's unique style. If you like this, read any of his other books, like Dorian or Red Hot Lipstick.
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