Haydn & the Valve Trumpet

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Pan Macmillan UK, Aug 1, 2000 - Poetry - 512 pages
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An exceptional work from one of our foremost poets and critics. A selection of literary essays written since 1972, this book addresses in detail the work of Dickens, Donne, T.S. Eliot, Coleridge, Dr Johnson, Betjeman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, James Joyce, and many others. Vigilant, sceptical, mistrustful of consensus, Craig Raine stands in the tradition of poet-critics whose task, as Eliot said, is 'the elucidation of works of art and the correction of taste'.

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Craig Raine was born in 1944 and was educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He became editor of Quarto in 1979 and was subsequently poetry editor at Faber & Faber from 1981 to 1991. He is now Fellow in English at New College, Oxford. His books of poetry are The Onion, Memory (1978), A Martian Sends a Postcard Home (1979), Rich (1984) and Clay. Whereabouts Unknown (1996). His verse drama, '1953', and his collection of literary essays, Haydn and the Valve Trumpet, appeared in 1990. His epic poem History: The Home Movie (1994), is a unique history of twentieth-century Europe. He lives in Oxford with his wife, Ann Pasternak Slater, and their four children.

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