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Lucy Newlyn

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Books by this author: Vital Stream Ginnel
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  • Lucy Newlyn was born in Uganda and grew up in Leeds. She read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where she also studied for her D. Phil, going on to become Lecturer then Tutorial Fellow at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. She taught English at St Edmund Hall for thirty-two years, published widely on English Romantic poetry, became a Professor in 2005 and retired in 2016. In addition to four books with Oxford University Press and (as editor) The Cambridge Companion to Coleridge, she has published two collections of poetry: Ginnel (Oxford Poets, Carcanet, 2005) and Earth's Almanac (Enitharmon, 2015). Newlyn’s literary biography, William and Dorothy Wordsworth ‘All in Each Other’ (OUP, 2013) was chosen as a TLS Book of the Year. Her memoir Diary of a Bipolar Explorer was published in 2018 with Signal, and her book The Craft of Poetry (written entirely in verse) is forthcoming with Yale University Press. She now lives and writes in Cornwall.
    Praise for Lucy Newlyn  'It is testament to the dramatic power of Newlyn's achievement that, reading through the sonnets, it is easy to imagine William's part being recited in a Cumbrian burr, overlaid with the crunch of gravel and the rush of rivulets ... [Vital Stream is] a showcase of scholarship, a gripping drama in verse, and an epic prelude — the octave to the sestet of the writing it encompasses and mythologises.'
    James Riding, The London Magazine
     'Her attention to detail in this lengthy series of sonnets is nothing short of phenomenal... These are poems of mood ambiguity, of unexpected warmth and generosity, of philosophical differences, and of a love undermined by the many years of separation prior to the reconciliation at Dove Cottage'
    Steve Whitaker, The Yorkshire Times
    'The lives and the landscapes flash before us like vivid slides in a continuous poetic magic-lantern show.'
    Richard Holmes
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