By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

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Paladin, 1992 - 112 pages
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Elizabeth Smart's passionate fictional account of her intense love-affair with the poet George Barker, described by Angela Carter as 'Like MADAME BOVARY blasted by lightening ... A masterpiece'.One day, while browsing in a London bookshop, Elizabeth Smart chanced upon a slim volume of poetry by George Barker - and fell passionately in love with him through the printed word. Eventually they communicated directly and, as a result of Barker's impecunious circumstances, Elizabeth Smart flew both him and his wife from Japan, where he was teaching, to join her in the United States. Thus began one of the most extraordinary, intense and ultimately tragic love affairs of our time. They never married but Elizabeth bore George Barker four children and their relationship provided the impassioned inspiration for one of the most moving and immediate chronicles of a love affair ever written - By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept.Originally published in 1945, this remarkable book is now widely identified as a classic work of poetic prose which, more than six decades later, has retained all of its searing poignancy, beauty and power of impact.

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User Review  - Bernadette877 - LibraryThing

Started off thinking I’d hate this modern classic, having read Brigid Brophy’s foreword describing it as a masterpiece of poetic prose. We’re in love triangle territory, with the underlying tale ... Read full review

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User Review  - bodachliath - LibraryThing

Way back in the early '90s, I came across Ashley Hutchings' album "By Gloucester Docks I sat down and wept", an intensely personal folk rock concept album telling the story of a doomed relationship ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
17
Section 2
31
Section 3
39
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About the author (1992)

Elizabeth Smart was born in Ottawa, Ontario on December 27, 1913. She attended King's College of the University of London for a year. Her titles include By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, A Bonus, Ten Poems, Eleven Poems, the Assumption of the Rogues and Rascals and In the Mean Time. She died March 4, 1986 in London of a heart attack.

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