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The Kick: A Life Among Writers by [Murphy, Richard]
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'Murphy's book contains the high class literary journal and the semi-private memoir...a lively and even brave account of a rich and complicated life.' The Irish Times 'The book is a success, untroubled by irrelevance, with many interesting stories to tell...Murphy writes with dignity and candour' Karl Miller, Spectator 'The book is a fine and eloquent one, with shafts of great humour and a sense of modesty which is rare among writers' Susan Mckay

About the Author

Richard Murphy was born in County Mayo in 1927. His major works as a poet include The Battle of Aughrim (1968) and High Island (1974). His Collected Poems were published in 2000. He now lives in Durban, South Africa.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7301 KB
  • Print Length: 405 pages
  • Publisher: The Lilliput Press (1 Jan. 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APDULVU
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
Rick Murphy's autobiography, The Kick, is a singular document by a singular man. Many memoirs written at the late end of a long life contain images, stories and ideas polished and embossed long after the event or experience. As such the border between fiction and autobiography, wilfully or otherwise, becomes blurred and idiosyncratic. For Murphy, this is not necessarily the case, since his book is a selection from a daily diary kept since youth. While the act or acts of selection inevitably imply some exclusion, the mass of information itself demands the writer's editorial eye to make a book accessible to an informed reading public. Murphy's book is a monument to the life a twentieth century poet must live. The exigencies of poetic production plus a diminished audience, denies the easy flow of income other writerly forms can generate. One line of good advertising copy makes greater wealth than a bouquet of sonnets. The result for Murphy and vicariously his readers, is a journey through tangential labours such as running a lugger and fishing for a living. In between, there's contact with a variety of now famous fellow writers, generating in turn some astute and personal commentary on their lives. This includes a newly revealed truth about Sylvia Plath, too juicy to repeat in this review. Murphy is no gossip, news is news no matter where you read it. A brave man, he unpacks his own sexual identity, revealing in some water colour moments, profound emotional experiences in his life. Read The Kick. It takes literary autobiography on a new route.
David Basckin
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A fascinating autobiography. Murphy is frank and the reader can make his own judgements about the writer. Particularly gripping if you are interested in the West of Ireland (Aran Islands and Connemara), poets Patrick Kavanagh, Ted Hughes (compare Hughes on meeting Murphy :"He's unexpected - English Public School finish, manners & appearance of a fastidious cleric, but very fresh & very nice" Hughes Letters 2007 p. 184) and Theodore Roethke, Oxford (a bit on CS Lewis as tutor), the damage done by public schools, how to network successfully, frank sexual biography,, poetry reading in the US (James Dickey) the British colonial service and his father following Edward VIII as Governor of Bermuda. Murphy's snobbery about his antecedents makes him spend a lot of space on them but it's overall an interesting tale. Even the later part about returning to Sri Lanka, I found educational and interesting.I was impressed that he included Kavanagh's killer verdict:"Murphy has technique, but that's all, and it's not enough".
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Format: Paperback
Drawing on five decades of private notebooks, Richard Murphy has created a unique memoir of his life and times. Murphy writes about delicate personal issues as he chronicles the making and unmasking of a writer. He includes amusing and moving accounts of his meetings and friendships with many prominent writers and actors from the literary milieux of London, Dublin and New York, including CS Lewis, WH Auden, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, JR Ackerley, Laura Riding, Robert Graves, John McGahern and Conor Cruise O'Brien.
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Format: Paperback
Drawing on five decades of private notebooks, Richard Murphy has created a unique memoir of his life and times. Murphy writes about delicate personal issues as he chronicles the making and unmasking of a writer. He includes amusing and moving accounts of his meetings and friendships with many prominent writers and actors from the literary milieux of London, Dublin and New York, including CS Lewis, WH Auden, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, JR Ackerley, Laura Riding, Robert Graves, John McGahern and Conor Cruise O'Brien.
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