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Outside History

Eavan Boland

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ISBN: 978 0 856358 99 9
Categories: 20th Century, Irish, Women
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: October 1997
216 x 135 x 6 mm
80 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Outside History was Eavan Boland's first collection of new poems since The Journey (1987). Here she explores private themes, but in ways which open out on the wider public sphere.

    Often the poems arise from the place in which womanhood and nationhood meet, a place that Irish history sometimes obscures, hence the title, Outside History.

    The 'radical but undoctrinaire feminism' which the London Review of Books identified in her Selected Poems remains a source of power in this new work, heightened by her sensual and painterly lyricism. The domestic and the historical come together: a wealth of vivid 'obstinate details' evokes a larger emotional world. Eavan Boland is indeed 'a fine poet moving on to a new plateau of achievement' (LRB).

    Born in Dublin in 1944, Eavan Boland studied in Ireland, London and New York. Her first book was published in 1967. She has taught at Trinity College, University College and Bowdoin College Dublin, and at the University of Iowa. She is currently Mabury Knapp Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University, ... read more
    Awards won by Eavan Boland Winner, 2017 Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award
    Praise for Eavan Boland '... a rich, unsettling moral adventure in memory and responsibility.'
    Theo Dorgan
     Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
      Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
     Eavan Boland's A Journey with Two Maps: Becoming a Woman Poet contains essays both personal and public written in a tone urgent and wise, with astute observations on her own trajectory as a poet and the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath and Paula Meehan, among others.
    Colm Toibin, The Irish Times, Our Favourite Books of 2011
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