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The Professor of Poetry Hardcover – 4 Jul 2013

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444769952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444769951
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.9 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 884,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...an astonishing and luminous novel...every line is newly felt and freshly experienced. The reader is kept guessing: is this an emotional farce and an intellectual tragedy, or is it the opposite? The novel's ironies are multiple and stinging...Grace McCleen is an author who, with only her second novel, is setting her own clever agenda. She is a finished artist, but performs on the page with all the aerial grace of someone who senses no limits to what she can do. (Hilary Mantel)

Enchanting...An utterly fascinating piece for poetry-lovers, and also an extremely poignant read. (Rachel Glover Book of the Month, Image)

Moving and beautiful...this is a remarkable piece of work, empathetic, intelligent and genuinely poetic. (Charlotte Moore Spectator)

A grand tragedy with an intimate focus...for those who readers sympathetic to Anne's regrets in Jane Austen's Persuasion, or who find richness in the academic wrangling of AS Byatt's literary sleuths and lovers in Possession, there is much here to adore. McCleen's manipulation of suspense is extraordinary - hope for Elizabeth's enlightenment lurks in the shadows of her insecurities and emotional blind spots, and exploration of these dark places renders the novel sinewy with tension...her Prufrock-like world is painted with bewitching vitality...the narrative sweeps with a sumptuous musicality. (Beatrice Hodgkin Financial Times)

Her new novel catapults her into the literary big league... McCleen invests this ostensibly dry subject matter with enormous poignancy and eroticism (Mail on Sunday)

An intricate tapestry in which past and present mingle to mesmerising effect... what eloquence! There are sentences here of such agile cleverness, charged with wit and beauty and enchantment. (Hephzibah Anderson Observer)

It's McCleen's unflinching dedication to detail that will enchant readers. This novel has obviously been pored over, cherished and perfected...[her] graceful weaving through the present and past of her main character produces an intriguing - and original - story. (Stylist)

Blissful and beautifully written. (Saga)

McCleen doesn't make Elizabeth easy to like and this is part of the professor's charm. She doesn't "do" summer, most definitely does not do love poetry, and would like to teach Virginia Woolf a thing or two about semicolons... an intricate tapestry in which past and present mingle to mesmerising effect... what eloquence! There are sentences here of such agile cleverness, charged with wit and beauty and enchantment. (Guardian)

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A powerful, lyrically told and unusual love story by the prize-winning author of THE LAND OF DECORATION.

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