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on 31 August 2013
I thought this was such a beautifully-written, loving portrait of a remarkable woman and brilliant poet. Why do people not know her work today? This biographical work, with verses and lines from the poems embedded in it and with a good selection of them as an appendix, provides a superb introduction to her deeply troubled yet dignified life and work. What a discovery for me.
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on 2 July 2014
Excellent service and a very authoritative and fascinating biography
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on 28 August 2008
I saw one poem of Charlotte Mew's in the Guardian one Saturday. I could not place her. She seemed at once to be stark and modern yet sentimentally Victorian. I bought this book as I could not get her off my mind. This book tells the story of Charlotte, a bundle of contradictions and her unique genius. It is a tragic tale, to be sure but also an uplifting and tender one. Clearly she had many faults and foibles and struggled to cope with the world of early 20th Century London and its Literary Circles. Penelope Fitzgerald is a great story teller and a perceptive and sympathetic biographer. She is honest about the meagre sources for many parts of the story and yet she conveys a lively and truthful continuity despite the enigmatic disposition of her subject. It reads as well as any novel.
The second part of the book contains a good body of Charlotte's work and it is lovely to have it there to flick to as you read the story of how a particular poem was wrought.If the mark of a good poem is that its images stay with you then Charlotte Mew was a very good poet indeed.I have a yard full of white geraniums to witness that fact!
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on 13 December 2014
One of the most evocative, and most moving, biographies I have ever read. It ought to serve as a model for all those who feel they have to give every turgid detail about their subjects' lives, and throw in a bit of Freudian analysis on the side. Fitzgerald is far too respectful of Mew, and perhaps of the mysteries of human character in general, to go in for neat explanations of her oddities. Yet by creating her, however reticently, as a character, she leaves us with a more vivid and haunting sense of her than five hundred pages of facts would have done. Her loving portrayal of the Monros is itself worth the price of the book.
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on 8 October 2015
It was my first experience of reading Fitzgerald's non fiction and I was not disappointed. It was highly engaging, I felt like I was wondering London with 'Miss Lotti'. Fitzgerald's title, 'and friends' is apt as she unashamedly spends time developing the many fascinating individuals that knew and supported Charlotte and her sister throughout their too short lives. It showed how very tough life can be for women but also those men who are dedicated to a creative life. Being a keen reader of many of the writers mentioned in here thank goodness they have made those sacrifices but frankly I'll keep my central heating and day job!
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on 15 April 2014
i will read anything by Penelope Fitzgerald - a great writer. This is a literary biography showing the development of Charlotte Mew, a strange woman much affected by her family history of schizophrenia. It is also enlghtening on the 'decadent' literary period of the nineties and the Yellow Book.
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on 16 December 2013
It meanders all over the place making it difficult to maintain any sort of cohesion, and only begins to describe the real Charlotte towards the very end. I found the writing style and lack of precision extremely irritating.
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