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Selected Poems

Nancy Cunard

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Selected Poems gathers writing from four decades of ¿Nancy Cunard's life, some published here for the first time.¿The selection illuminates Cunard's transnational modernist project in full, from her early years as a coterie poet on the edges of Bloomsbury and avant-garde London, to her frontline activism during the Spanish Civil War and life-long fight against fascism in Europe and America, to her final years documented in poems written from hospitals and sanatoriums. Among the poems is Cunard's longer, psychogeographical work Parallax, published originally by the Hogarth Press, a response in part to T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land. Through her introduction and notes, editor Sandeep Parmar frames Cunard's complex legacy as a poet, publisher, and activist. A contribution to the wider feminist revision of modernism, this volume draws attention to Cunard's extraordinary, prismatic oeuvre, shaped by some of the twentieth century's most dramatic events. 'One of the major phenomena of history.' William Carlos Williams. 'A bold heroine of the battle against the inexpressible' Ramón J. Sender

Nancy ¿Cunard was a poet, publisher, journalist and political activist. Born on 10 March 1896 in Nevill Holt, Leicestershire, Nancy was the great-granddaughter of shipping magnate Sir Samuel Cunard and the only child of Sir Bache and Lady Maud (Emerald) Cunard. Raised amid wealth and privilege, she began writing poetry during World War i and later authored two poetry collections, Outlaws (1921) and Sublunary (1923), as well as numerous chapbooks. As founder and editor of the Hours Press in La Chapelle-Réanville, France, Cunard was responsible for the appearance of major works by Modern writers including Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, and George Moore. In the 1930s she embarked on a life-long advocacy of political and social movements. During the Spanish Civil War and World War ii, Cunard enlisted in the moral cause against Fascism and anti-imperialism, producing pamphlets in support of resistance movements and writing eye-witness reports for newspapers in the UK and the US. Following a relationship with the African American Jazz musician Henry Crowder, Cunard was essentially disinherited by her mother and spent the final decades of her life tirelessly advocating for her two great passions, poetry and social justice. Following a period of physical and mental breakdown, on 16 March 1965 she died alone in an open ward of the Hôpital Cochin, Paris.


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Seitenzahl 262 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 15.08.2017
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9781784102371
Verlag Carcanet
Dateigröße 495 KB


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