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Wednesday Early Closing Paperback – 18 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Norman Nicholson was born in Millom, Cumbria, in 1914 and lived there, with a single interruption, for the rest of his life. He was award the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1977, and the OBE in 1981. He died in 1987. His Collected Poems appeared in 1994.
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Nicholson describes leaving Millom for protracted treatment for life threatening tuberculsis. On his return he begins to write many locally and nationally renowned poems, plays and novels. Wednesday Early Closing ends: "I thank God for a lifetime spent in that same town".
But WEC wasn't published until 1975, when Nicholson was 61 years of age, yet it only covers his life up to the age of around 18 - the last 40+ years are literally a closed book.
I has been suggested that this premature ending was deliberate - a kind of Wordsworthian 'Prelude' or Joycian 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man' - that he's saying to the reader 'this describes how I became a poet: for the rest, my art must speak for itself'
Anyhow, it's a prose work written by an accomplished poet - and it very much shows !