Two of the brightest young poets of our day follow in the footsteps of W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice. Auden and MacNeice's Letters from Iceland was more than a brilliant and unconventional travel book; it was one of the great works of the 1930s which defined for its own and later generations the precise nature and feeling of that troubled time.With characteristic boldness, Simon Armitage and Glyn Maxwell, staunch admirers of the two older poets, set off in 1994 to discover what Iceland, with its unique geography and ancient political institutions, might have to say to us now. Their findings, delivered in an appropriate mixture of poetry and prose, reportage and imaginative elaboration, vividly reflect the concerns of our own age, and will instruct and amuse readers in equal measure.
This is an anthology of writings which aims to reflect all the various moods of the sea. It covers many aspects of seafaring over hundreds of years including accounts of and by sailors of all kinds and dealing with the exploits of great captains like Anson, Drake, Nelson and Vian as well as Robin Knox Johnston, Bill King and David Lewis. Also well represented is the Golden Age of sail, with its clippers which often covered 2500 miles a week, while their much larger successors sometimes took two months weathering Cape Horn. The author has had a lifelong passion for the sea and is chairman of the panel of judges for the Best Book of the Sea Award. He has written "The Shell Guide to Yacht Navigation" and "The Shell Pilot to the English Channel".
"The North Ship", Philip Larkin's earliest volume of verse, was first published in August 1945. The introduction, by Larkin himself, explains the circumstances of its publication and the influences which shaped its contents.
Gives an account of Books 1 and 2 of Homer's "Iliad", not in a strictly translatory sense, but as an attempt to convey the spirit of Homer and his narrative. Written by the author of "War Music", this book was awarded the Bernard F. O'Connor Award.
Selected Poems gives the reader, for the first time, a proper idea of Christopher Logue's lyrical gifts, as well as his irrepressible outspokenness and sense of artistic adventure. It contains fine poems which have been out of print for too long and others now regarded as classics.
A Patriot for Me shows how a young, able and ambitious officer of the Imperial and Royal Army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire was, through his homesexuality, blackmailed into becoming a spy for Tsarist Russia. When John Osborne wrote A Patriot for Me it was not licensed for public performance by the Lord Chamberlain. In July 1965 the Royal Court Theatre, London, had to be converted into a club for the first production to take place. This volume contains a list of the cuts and alterations requested by the Lord Chamberlain - to which Osborne refused to agree. The play was revived by the Royal Shakespeare Company on the Barbican stage in October 1995.
The wealth of sense-impressions in Katherine Pierpoint's poems, the panache with which she musters them and the music thereby generated would be noteworthy in any volume, but they are all the more so in this first collection. 'Truffle Beds' signals the arrival of a mature and truly original voice. Pierpoint has opened up her own geographical and emotional territory, and her eye for both outer and inner worlds is acute and sympathetic.
Representing Pinter's own selection of his non-dramatic writings, this volume includes pieces of poetry and prose up to 1990 and ranges back to the earliest piece, "The Kullus", which was written when he was 19 years old.
A varied and comprehensive collection of letters written in the English language from 1578 to 1939. The engrossing anthology contains letters from Albert Einstein, Queen Elizabeth I, Hemingway, Freud, E.B. White, and many not-so-famous individuals--all celebrating the human spirit.
Battling through their self-made entrapment for the sake of the kids, Mr. and Mrs. Elliot soon begin to destroy each other through an ugly routine of rows, affairs, and suicidal blackmail. Written with controlled irony as well as compassion for its tormented characters, Ted Whitehead’s unflinching play asks questions about the choices we make to fit in with social conventions.
This is a definitive edition of the collected poems of the author of 'The Alexandria Quartet' and 'The Avignon Quintet'. The volume is charged with Durrell's response to the 'spirit of place', which is one of his exceptional gifts as a writer.
To the Ends of the Earth, William Golding's great sea trilogy, presents the extraordinary story of a warship's troubled journey to Australia in the early 1800s. Told through the pages of Edmund Talbolt's journall--with equal measure of wit and disdain--it records the mounting tensions and growing misfortunes aboard the ancient ship. An instant maritime classic, and one of Golding's finest achievements, the trilogy was adapted into a major three-part Mastpiece Theatre drama in 2006.
Larkin's final collection of poems shows, as does all his best work, his ability to adapt contemporary speech rhythms and everyday vocabulary to subtle metrical patterns and poetic forms. Many of the poems in the collection, which includes some of his best-known pieces ('The Old Fools', 'This Be the Verse', 'The Explosion', and the title poem) show the preoccupation with death and transience that is so typical of the poet.
"Jill" is Philip Larkin's first novel and a classic of its time, in which the poet's astute insight into character, emotion and social nuance plays out over the length of a novel in a rich, poetic prose.