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'Michael Field'


  • Page extent: 286 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.59 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521874182)

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$139.00 (C)

'Michael Field' (1884–1914) was the literary pseudonym of Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper, who lived and wrote together as 'lovers'. Together they produced many poems and dramas and a vast diary. Marion Thain recounts the development of a fascinating and idiosyncratic poetic persona.


Acknowledgements; Introduction: 'something fierce, subtle, strange, singular'; 1. The diaries and dramas: life-writing and the temporal patterns of aestheticism; 2. Long Ago: the male pseudonym, fin-de-siècle sexualities and Sappho's historical leap; 3. Sight and Song: Botticelli and ekphrastic paradox; 4. Underneath The Bough: dual authorship and lyric song; 5. Wild Honey from Various Thyme: apian aestheticism and the lyric book collection; 6. The Catholic poetry: the spiritual and historical 'turn' of the century; Conclusion: modernism and the fin de siècle; Notes; Bibliography of material by Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper; General bibliography; Index.


"Thain's stimulating book will appeal not only to readers concerned with Michael Field, or readers concerned with the interplay between aestheticism, Decadence, sexuality, and religion at the fin de siecle, but also readers who are interested in thinking about the relationship between lyric poetry and other genres."
-Stefanie Markovitz, Yale University, English Literature in Transition

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