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4 thoughts on “A Lucid Dreamer

  1. says:

    The clarity and the fluid style with which this biography is written is admirable I am reminded of the expression ”deceptively simple” in reference to Kurt Vonnegut's writing for instance This book is an invention in the sense that it invents the right amount of respect and ingenuity as it goes along The author knows

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    An absolutely fascinating insight into a flawed genius Exposes the limitations of 'The Wise Wound' and simultaneously upholds its importance as an inspired attempt to recast cultural myths in the forge of personal struggle We learn that Redgrove was understandably nervous through his life about his inner obsess

  3. says:

    Sadly and ineuitably history won't remember Redgrove's oeuvre in the same way that Hughes' work will be remembered but this biography puts Pet

  4. says:

    Having slept on it I've bumped this review up to 5 stars It really is outstanding

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FREE READ · eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ï Neil Roberts

The work of the poet Peter Redgrove is one of the great unexplored treasures of late 20th century literature His prolific output presents an intriguing variety of personae magician scientist lover psychologist joker madman It is only now with the publication of his Collected Poems and this biography that we can see how and why these personae developed and discover the full depth and range of this visionary writer Born into an apparently conventional middle class family that was in The clarity and the fluid style with which this biography is written is admirable I am reminded of the expression deceptively simple in reference to Kurt Vonnegut s writing for instance This book is an invention in the sense that it invents the right amount of respect and ingenuity as it goes along The author knows how invaluable the life of a person is and approaches that knowledge in a very imaginative way I have rarely read a book about someone where I am left with such knowledge about the person but also with a huge mystery the mystery of life itself The experience and the curiosity the love and lust for living in so many ways that Peter Redgrove had is transferred directly to me as a reader in such an absorbing way I had the great feeling of not only reading but being read by the book What could be better than that

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A Lucid Dreamer

Arital breakdown to his triumphant later partnership with Penelope Shuttle We also discover for the first time some darker secrets his fascination with Aleister Crowley his damaged and damaging relationship with his father and the lifelong sexual fetish which he called the Game Drawing on the poet's intimate journals and correspondence and interviews with family friends and colleagues A Lucid Dreamer tells the exceptionally inward and revealing story of an astonishing creative lif Sadly and ineuitably history won t remember Redgrove s oeuvre in the same way that Hughes work will be remembered but this biography puts Peter Redgrove s tortured life and poetry in the context of his time A fitting memorial and interpretation of his life

FREE READ · eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ï Neil Roberts

Reality deeply disturbed the poet finally emerged transforming himself from the neurotic Oedipal young scientist through a process of mental breakdown insulin coma therapy erotic revelation and the discovery of poetic companionship at Cambridge and particularly his friendship and rivalry with Ted Hughes Neil Roberts explores the inner story of this emergence and Redgrove's later development through marriage family life the fellowship of the Group alcoholic excess infidelity and m An absolutely fascinating insight into a flawed genius Exposes the limitations of The Wise Wound and simultaneously upholds its importance as an inspired attempt to recast cultural myths in the forge of personal struggle We learn that Redgrove was understandably nervous through his life about his inner obsessions being brought to the public in a way that insensitively sullied his work This biography would have allayed all his fears Some of the subject s most precious and difficult secrets are revealed and we re left with an appreciation for the richness and strangeness of life that extends his poetic achievements as well as a compassionate reminder of the intractable messiness that every human deals with