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The Kick
     

The Kick

by Richard Murphy
 
In The Kick, poet Richard Murphy constructs — from astonishingly detailed diaries kept over five decades — a memoir of his personal life and the violent legacies of Anglo-Irish history. In unsparing prose, he writes about painfully delicate personal issues, including his sexuality. He also explores his obsession with the coastline of west Ireland and

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In The Kick, poet Richard Murphy constructs — from astonishingly detailed diaries kept over five decades — a memoir of his personal life and the violent legacies of Anglo-Irish history. In unsparing prose, he writes about painfully delicate personal issues, including his sexuality. He also explores his obsession with the coastline of west Ireland and with the Protestant gentry from which he comes. With serene, devastating honesty, he describes the literary milieus of London, Dublin, and New York, and his encounters with some of the most significant postwar writers and friends, including W. H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, J. R. Ackerley, Laura Riding, Robert Graves, John McGahern, and Conor Cruise O'Brien. These are the personal, literary, and political engagements of a lifetime, as recounted by a poet with the "gift of epic objectivity" (Ted Hughes).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781862074576
Publisher:
Granta Books
Publication date:
06/01/1902
Pages:
379
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.33(d)

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