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The Book of My Enemy: Collected Verse 1958-2003 Hardcover – 17 Oct 2003


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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (17 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330420046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330420044
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 4.2 x 20.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive James is the author of more than twenty books, including four previous volumes of autobiography (Unreliable Memoirs, Falling Towards England, May Week was in June and North Face of Soho), collections of literary and television criticism, essays, travel writing, verse and novels. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature. His most recent poetry collection, Angels Over Elsinore, was shortlisted for the 2009 Costa Prize for Poetry.

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Your verse, of course, depends on incongruity
Those brainy thoughts hemmed in by metric bands -- Private Eye, October 2003

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‘If you are vacillating over whether a couple of bottles of pinot blanc might, in the short run, prove more fun than a poetry book, then just flick to the first page and the title poem of this volume. James writes with exquisite perception and surgical precision; he is a poet of powerful argument and emotional force’ The Times The reputation of Clive James as a poet was slow to form, perhaps because he was too famous as a star journalist and television entertainer. There was also the drawback that his poetry was so entertaining it was hard for many critics to take seriously. But after the notoriety achieved by a single self-satirizing poem, ‘The Book of My Enemy Has Been Remaindered’, one of the most anthologized poems of recent times, James’s poetic output became impossible to ignore, and his 1985 collection Other Passports was greeted with praise for its thematic scope and technical accomplishment, even by critics who still doubted his seriousness. Since then, James has emerged unarguably as one of the most prominent poets of his generation – and The Book of My Enemy (which includes Other Passports) shows why. ‘Page after page of The Book of My Enemy confirms James has the primary, sine qua non gifts of a poet. He rejoices in language, and he shows enormous skill in using it’ Sunday Telegraph ‘Reading these poems is like listening to a talking book, which infests the poems with personality, with that familiar braggadocio, that strictly upbeat delivery . . . The poems here have skip, insights, timing and agreeable passion’ Independent --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ralph Edward Davies on 29 Dec. 2013
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dipped in and out quite a few times before wrapping it. It is modern poetry with several twists and humorous edges and I almost wish I had a copy for myself. Clive James is obviously a thinker but also sees life nowadays as it actually is, not with black or rose spectacles.
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versatility of verse and more 20 Oct. 2011
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What a finely tuned ear to the idioms of the English language. James is a poet who shows, in Hazlitt's terms, "gusto". There is a playfulness here and a performance in a multitude of poetic possibilities.
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