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Unafraid of Virginia Woolf: The Friends and Enemies of Roy Campbell

Unafraid of Virginia Woolf: The Friends and Enemies of Roy Campbell

Joseph Pearce
4/5 (23 ratings)
Roy Campbell led an unquiet life marked by numerous affairs , brawls , and curious stunts . 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 friend ships 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. Joseph Pearce is writer in residence at Ave Maria College. A prolific writer, his previous biographies include Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton, and The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde.
Language
English
Pages
480
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Release
May 07, 2004
ISBN
1932236368
ISBN 13
9781932236361

Unafraid of Virginia Woolf: The Friends and Enemies of Roy Campbell

Joseph Pearce
4/5 (23 ratings)
Roy Campbell led an unquiet life marked by numerous affairs , brawls , and curious stunts . 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 friend ships 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. Joseph Pearce is writer in residence at Ave Maria College. A prolific writer, his previous biographies include Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile, Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton, and The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde.
Language
English
Pages
480
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Release
May 07, 2004
ISBN
1932236368
ISBN 13
9781932236361

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