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Out of my Borrowed Books

Poems by Augusta Webster, Mathilde Blind and Amy Levy

Augusta Webster, Mathilde Blind and Amy Levy

Edited by Judith Willson

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ISBN: 978 1 857548 54 9
Categories: 19th Century, Women
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Published: November 2006
216 x 135 x 19 mm
320 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • ...teaching myself out of my borrowed books...

    from Augusta Webster, 'The Castaway'

    This anthology brings together for the first time a substantial selection of poems by Augusta Webster (1837-94), Mathilde Blind (1841-96) and Amy Levy (1861-89), three poets whose writing both reflected and helped to shape a time when women were working out structures for new kinds of lives and the language for new voices. All three were conscious of the traditions they inherited and remade. The tensions they explore, between compliance and transgression, independence and isolation, make their poetry both creatively rewarding and historically significant. Many of the poems in this selection have been neglected for almost a century: now, restored to their context in the late Victorian literary landscape, their compelling imaginative worlds are once more made accessible to readers.

    The anthology includes an introduction to the lives and cultural context of the three poets, bibliographies and detailed notes on the poems.
    Augusta Webster
    Augusta Webster was born Augusta Davies in 1837, the daughter of a naval officer. She spent part of her early childhood aboard her father's ship, before schooling in Scotland and at Cambridge School of Art. She taught herself Greek, Italian and Spanish, and learned to speak French while living in Paris ... read more
    Mathilde Blind
    Mathilde Blind was born in Mannheim in 1841. After the death of her father, her mother married Karl Blind; his involvement in revolutionary politics caused the family to flee to England in 1848. She mixed in left-wing, radical circles throughout her life, maintaining friendships with Garibaldi and Mazzini, and was a ... read more
    Amy Levy
    Amy Levy was born in London in 1861, and following schooling at Brighton High School for Girls became the first Jewish student to gain a place at Newnham College, Cambridge (although she only studied there for two terms). Her first book, Xantippe and other poems, was published in 1880, while ... read more
    Judith Willson
    Judith Willson has worked as a teacher and in publishing, Her edition of Selected Poems by Charlotte Smith, and Out of My Borrowed Books, an anthology of work by three Victorian women poets, are published by Carcanet. ... read more
    'a key publication for bringing [women poets of the fin de siecle] into print as a group'
    Marion Thain and Ana Parejo Vadillo, Writing Women of the Fin de Siecle
    Praise for Judith Willson 'Judith Willson'€™s poetry takes us, in a dazzling flow of images, to lives which have the solidity of Central European fairytale with all the frightening reality of history behind them. Richly inventive in form and precise in tone, this is an amazingly assured debut collection.'
    Elaine Feinstein

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