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  • Hardcover: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Alma Books Ltd (24 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846883016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846883019
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not just beautifully written, with all the power and grace of one of our leading English poets- but made the more remarkable by insights into the history of the poetic life in this country since the middle of the last century. It both illuminates, and moves to tears. --Fay Weldon

A fascinating life, full of extraordinary characters. --The Financial Times

This wonderful book is so much more than the memoirs of a poet --The Daily Telegraph

Entertaining and touching slices of life. -- Piers Plowright, Camden Review

A vivid evocation of a life dedicated to poetry and writing --The Independent

A delight and an inspiration for women, Jews and other outsiders who have something important to communicate. --Jewish Chronicle

A fascinating life, full of extraordinary characters. --The Financial Times

This wonderful book is so much more than the memoirs of a poet --The Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Born in Bootle, Lancashire, Elaine Feinstein has written fifteen novels, nineteen collections of poetry, as well as several biographies and radio plays. Her biography Ted Hughes: The Life of a Poet (2001) was shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Prize. Her Collected Poems and Translations (2002) was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation. Appointed to the Council of the Royal Society of Literature in 2007, she has served as a judge for the Gregory Awards, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Costa Poetry Prize, and has been chairman of the judges for the T. S. Eliot Prize.

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I find the grace and honesty of Elaine Feinstein's writing compelling. She engages so naturally and intimately with readers and listeners alike. I felt it a privilege to have this glimpse into the pain and pleasures of her life and a window into her times. It's quite rare to have the opportunity to read the memoirs of a distinguished contemporary poet, and a woman poet at that. Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Freedom on 18 Nov. 2013
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A beautifully presented book. It feels good in your hand, and you enjoy turning the pages. Nice size too. That's the practicalities over. As regards the writing, I believe it is some of Elaine Feinstein's finest prose. There are revealing and heartfelt insights where she examines her past, which she is prepared to share sensitively with her reader. We are treated also to passages of her wonderful poetry, which must not be missed. The book is extraordinarily brave in its revelations, and there is a nerve of steel running through. Highly recommended.
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Multi-leveled memoir of a poet 20 July 2014
By Dr. Laurence Raw - Published on Amazon.com
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IT GOES WITH THE TERRITORY tells the story of poet Elaine Feinstein - about her childhood in Leicester, UK, her university days in Cambridge, the development of her literary reputation, and her encounters with remarkable people, as well as talking in often painful detail about her marriage to a brilliant man who was neither sensitive to her talents as a poet nor particularly caring as a human being. The book evokes a lost world of a Cambridge mostly dominated by public school students, which was gradually undergoing social and economic upheaval in the Fifties. While there were still many elitist rituals, there were more opportunities for talented students such as Feinstein to find outlets for publishing her early work, as well as cultivating a network of friendships that proved exceptionally useful to her during her professional life. The work also focuses on Feinstein's Jewishness: while not really problematic for her, it seemed to cause difficulty in British society during the Fifties and Sixties: it seemed that anti-semitism still permeated the highest and most prestigious corners of the literary establishment. What I found most interesting about the book was the way in which Feinstein discusses the relationship between her public and private selves; she successfully brought up three sons, and coped with a difficult marriage, which grew even more difficult in the late Seventies and early Eighties, when she discovered that her husband had a regular lover. Nonetheless she kept the relationship going, and when he passed away at a relatively young age, Feinstein was genuinely sad. When talking about her poetry, Feinstein shows how writing poetic language is an effective means of trying to make sense of experiences. "meaning" can emerge in several ways, through the placement of words, through meter, line-arrangement, rhythm as well as simply trying to "decode" the poem. Unlike prose, poetry has a way to express the inexpressible. This is perhaps the most haunting memory of a book that is both honestly yet entertainingly written.
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Very insightful book 18 Feb. 2014
By Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
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This very accessible book takes you into the awareness of a master writer's everyday life as she shares with us the
necessity to live one's true life, truly and take responsibility for it, it's fall-out, as well as it blooms. Elaine Feinstein,
walks a high wire and maintains her balance. I read this in the hopes of attaining some of her valor and of course
her wisdom. Fascinating biography.
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