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Unafraid of Virginia Woolf: The Friends and Enemies of Roy Campbell [Paperback]

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Roy Campbell (1902--57) led an unquiet life marked by numerous affairs (both real and imagined), brawls (he once attacked Stephen Spender on stage during a poetry recital), and curious stunts (with the help of Dylan Thomas, he once ate a vase of daffodils in celebration of St. David's Day). It was also marked by numerous controversies, especially Campbell's running feud with Virginia Woolf and her Bloomsbury group of intellectuals, about whom he remarked in "The Georgiad": "Hither flock all the crowds whom love has wrecked / Of intellectuals without intellect / And sexless folk whose sexes intersect...."

Acknowledged as one of the finest poets of his generation after the publication of his long poem The Flaming Terrapin, Campbell came to prominence in the 1920s when he captured the imagination of the English intelligentsia with his romantic background and controversial style. Pearce's vivid biography centers on Campbell's ongoing feud with the Bloomsbury group and the ideas they championed, the friendships Campbell forged with figures such as C. S. Lewis, T. S. Eliot, and the Sitwells, and Roy and his wife Mary's reception into the Catholic Church. Campbell's literary relationships and wonderfully romantic life is, thus, the context for this riveting account of Campbell's reckless life and the fascinating poetry that was left behind. That poetry, in the judgment of Pearce, was "both perplexing and challenging---yet no more so than the poet himself." Both Roy Campbell the man and his poetry richly deserve the engrossing reappraisal offered here by acclaimed biographer Joseph Pearce.

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Pages   470
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   1.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2004
Publisher   ISI Books
ISBN  1932236368  
ISBN13  9781932236361  

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More About Joseph Pearce

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joseph Pearce is Director of the Center for Faith and Culture and Writer in Residence at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a renowned biographer whose books include his autobiography, Race with the Devil: My Journey from Racial Hatred to Rational Love(Saint Benedict Press, 2013);Candles in the Dark: The Authorized Biography of Fr. Ho Lung, Missionaries of the Poor(Saint Benedict Press, 2012), Through Shakespeare's Eyes: Seeing the Catholic Presence in the Plays(Ignatius Press, 2010); andTolkien: Man and Myth, a Literary Life(HarperCollins, 1998). He is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Higher Education from Thomas More College for the Liberal Arts and also received the Pollock Award for Christian Biography. He is co-editor of theSt. Austin Reviewand has hosted two series on Shakespeare for EWTN, as well as hosting several EWTN productions on J. R. R. Tolkien."

Joseph Pearce has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Ignatius Critical Edition
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Top Drawer  Aug 5, 2004
I'm a fan of Roy Campbell, and have long been dismayed by the fact that a poet of his talent is today largely forgotten and almost completely unread. I'm grateful, therefore, to Joseph Pearce for this truly excellent biography (which, unlike his work on Belloc, actually contains photos!)

But, with all respect and appreciation, I must mention some aspects that annoyed me. First, Mr. Pearce's prissy tut-tutting regarding Campbell's gloves-off attacks on his detractors (as well as his -- gasp! -- "reactionary" politics) is rather wearisome. Second, I was stunned to read [p. 161] "When, three years later, Hart Crane committed suicide by throwing himself off the very same [Brooklyn] bridge...." Come now, Mr. Pearce! Even the most elementary research would have informed you that Crane committed suicide by jumping from a ship in the Gulf of Mexico. Finally, Mr. Pearce's "Postmortem" is a bit weak, as he doesn't offer his assessment of Campbell's reputation as a poet some 50 years after his death.

Well, I had to get that off my chest. None of the mentioned negatives, however, detract in any way from my hearty recommendation of this book.

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