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By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept Paperback – 19 Nov 1992

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; Re-issue edition (19 Nov. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586090398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586090398
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 52 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Like Madame Bovary blasted by lightening … A masterpiece.’ Angela Carter

‘At some point every good reader comes across “By Grand Central Station I sat Down and Wept”. And he or she recognises an emotion essential and permanent to us.’ Michael Ondaatje

‘A revelation…This short, powerful work has a profound influence on me and was one of the factors that made me want to be a writer.’ Beryl Bainbridge

‘I doubt if there are more than half a dozen such masterpieces of poetic prose in the world.’ Brigid Brophy

‘Explores a passion between a man and two women, one of them his wife – a love despairing and triumphant upon which the reader may gaze, awed, appalled, or even, perhaps, envious.’ The Times

‘Few writers have ever captured the full honesty of what passion means as shockingly and as piercingly as Smart. Today, its force still strikes us hard in the face, a beautiful and bloody blow.’ Lesley McDowell, Independent on Sunday

‘Constructed as a single, sustained climax, it is like a cry of ecstasy which, without changing volume or pitch, becomes a cry of agony.’ Spectator

‘The emotion, the truth and abject affliction comes through…to move the reader, and even to awe him.’ London Review of Books

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'By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept', Elizabeth Smart's passionate fictional account of her intense love-affair with the poet George Barker, is widely recognised to be a classic.

“Explores a passion between a man and two women, one of them his wife – a love despairing and triumphant.”
THE TIMES

“Constructed as a single, sustained climax, it is like a cry of ecstasy which, without changing volume or pitch, becomes a cry of agony.”
SPECTATOR

“I doubt if there are more than half a dozen such masterpieces of poetic prose in the world.”
BRIGID BROPHY

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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