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"The Roots That Clutch" tells the haunting true-story about how a
young woman discovered through her PhD research on T.S. Eliot
and Ezra Pound that her grandmother had had an affair with the
other great American Modernist, William Carlos Williams. She also
discovers that her father may be the biological child of Williams.
The story is told through the experiences of the author�s persona
Jane. Written as a Bildungsroman, the novel takes place at
universities and manuscript libraries in Europe and the United
States over the span of 21 years. The unmistakable themes of
betrayal, destiny and poetic justice are woven into the tapestry of
the novel. Though as a student she is constantly the victim of
academic politics and betrayals between professors, Jane is
supported by a few well-connected scholars who believe her innate
insight into poetry could offer vastly new perspectives in the field.
Despite the never-ending struggle to continue, Jane is pushed along
by an unquenchable hunch that she must not give up. As Jane
slowly unravels the poetic connections between Eliot, Pound and
their immediate late-nineteenth century British predecessors,
she stumbles upon Eliot�s unpublished letters to Pound. Jane soon
discovers that betrayal is not only an academic�s trade secret, but
also a poet�s. Then, her father decides she should have a family
heirloom that was her grandmother�s. It contains an inscription
from Williams in it, who like Jane, had always distrusted T.S. Eliot.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940149196715
Publisher: Beth Sweens
Publication date: 03/31/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 174
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

?ehrazad Ayse Uslu is an American writer based in Europe. She has been a (ghost)writer for industry for over 20 years, as well as a researcher in English literature. In addition to writing, she also teaches English. This is her first novel.
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