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A Strong Song Tows Us: The life of Basil Bunting Hardcover – 26 Sep 2013


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  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Infinite Ideas Limited (26 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190898418X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908984180
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 5.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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 major contribution to modern literary studies. --Matthew Sperling, Literary Review

Must surely stand as the definitive reference work --The Spectator

...thoroughly researched and enthralling. --Mark Ford, The Guardian

This first proper biography … [is] tremendously diligent and feisty and energetic. -- Michael Hofmann, London Review of Books

“stunning and…definitive.”--The Allen Ginsberg Project

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry on 27 Nov 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgina Peters on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mallin on 14 Nov 2013
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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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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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