Anna Wickham: A Poet's Daring Life

Anna Wickham: A Poet's Daring Life

by Jennifer Vaughan Jones

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Anna Wickham's life is characterized by the turbulent, burgeoning feminism of the early 20th century. A woman whose incisive mind and inquisitive nature sent her husband into jealous rages, she was forcibly committed to a mental hospital at the age of 30. Upon her release, she began a life-long quest for happiness, exhibited first and foremost through her poetry. Anna Wickham became a widely acclaimed writer whose life, at times immersed in scandal, is a story of success and sadness. Eventually leaving her husband and four sons to live in Paris's left bank, she became a confidante of D.H. Lawrence, the long-time lover of millionairess Natalie Clifford Barney, and a strong-willed literary icon, rumored to have once thrown Dylan Thomas into a snowstorm. Despite her fame and achievement, Wickham's struggles with depression and anxiety would eventually lead to her untimely death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568332536
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/15/2003
Edition description: 1ST MADISO
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.05(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Vaughan Jones (Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994) is a professor whose seminal work, The Poetry and Place of Anna Wickham 1910-30, provides the first complete bibliography of Anna Wickham's work and contribution to literary modernism. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

1Wimbledon, and Then the Sea (1883-1890)1
2"I had traveled in my youth past saturation point" (Queensland 1890-1896)15
3Life in Sydney (1897-1904)29
4Singing, London and Paris (1904-1906)42
5"Not a Single Crumpled Rose Leaf"58
6"An Admirable Mother" (1907-1909)65
7"I tried to build perfection with my hands" (1910-1912)75
8May, 191386
9"I Got My Courage" (1913)91
10A Changed Anna (1913-1914)98
11Anna Wickham and Harold Monro (1913 and beyond)111
12Anna Wickham and D. H. Lawrence (1915)119
13The Hepburn Family during the War (1914 and beyond)129
14"O Give Me Back..." (1919-1921)146
15Paris, and Return (1922-1926)159
16"I have a skin for what is false in you"173
17Married Life (1928-1929)206
18"How lovely you were / In your embrace of stars"212
19Reconfiguration: La Tour Bourgeoise (1930-1934)216
20Writing Her Life (1934-1939)231
21The Boys and the War (1939-1942)253
22Staying at Home (1943-1945)260
23"The astringency of wisdom" (1946-1947)269
A Selection of Poems275
Selected Bibliography on Anna Wickham (1883-1947)339
About the Author373

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