Anna Wickham: A Poet's Daring Life
Like the lives of fellow poets Edna St. Vincent Millay and Sylvia Plath, the life of Anna Wickham (1883-1947) was turbulent, trailblazing, and ultimately tragic. This biography is the first ever to illuminate the British poet's life, from her strange and violent birth through her suicide.
Anna fell in love and married handsome solicitor Patrick Hepburn in 1906. They started a family, but Anna began writing poetry, an endeavor that Patrick found irrelevant - and threatening. Eventually, he had Anna forcibly committed to a mental hospital. Ironically, it was there that Anna, "stimulated by her incarceration," wrote more than eighty poems (she went on to write over 1,400). Upon her release, publisher Harold Monro befriended Anna and published her poetry. Her verse led the way for the Early Modernist poetry movement.
Anna and Patrick separated in 1926. Soon afterward, she traveled to Paris's Left Bank, where she met her muse and lifelong - albeit unrequited - love: Natalie Barney, the lesbian American millionairess.
Based on exclusive interviews with Anna's family and newly discovered correspondence, and including over a dozen of her most daring poems, this stunning book captures Anna Wickham in full, while simultaneously introducing this poet to a new generation of readers.
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Born Edith Alice Mary Harper, Anna Wickham (1883-1947) was a woman much beyond the common pattern. An English girl raised in Australia, she would return home to become a wife, mother, and acclaimed ... Read full review
Wimbledon and Then the Sea 18831890
I had traveled in my youth past saturation point Queensland 18901896
Life in Sydney 18971904
Singing London and Paris 19041906
Not a Single Crumpled Rose Leaf
An Admirable Mother 19071909
I tried to build perfection with my hands 19101912
Married Life 19281929
How lovely you were In your embrace of stars
Reconfiguration La Tour Bourgeoise 19301934
Writing Her Life 19341939
The Boys and the War 19391942
Staying at Home 19431945
The astringency of wisdom 19461947
I Got My Courage 1913
A Changed Anna 19131914
Anna Wickham and Harold Monro 1913 and beyond
Anna Wickham and D H Lawrence 1915
The Hepburn Family during the War 1914 and beyond
O Give Me Back 19191921
Paris and Return 19221926
I have a skin for what is false in you
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