Originally published in 1945, this book of poetic prose encapsulates former journalist Elizabeth Smart’s relationship with poet George Barker. Instantly, upon picking up a book of his poetry while browsing through a London bookshop, Smart fell in love with the poet. They would soon begin an indulgent love affair during which she gave birth to four of his children. He, however, remained legally married to his wife. This tale of passionate but fanatical love is a modern reflection of the Romantic poets.
Accompanied in this edition by The Assumption of the Rogues and Rascals, a short novel that may be read as its sequel, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept has been hailed by critics worldwide as a work of sheer genius.
Foreword by Brigid Brophy
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'Like Madame Bovary blasted by lightening... a masterpiece' - Angela Carter
'Fresh, vivid, candid, fine ... a novel of our time.' - Cyril Connolly
'At some point every good reader comes across By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. And he or she recognizes an emotion essential and permanent to us.' - Michael Ondaatje
'Explores a passion between a man and two women, one of them his wife - a love both despairing and triumphant upon which the reader may gaze, awed, appalled, or even, perhaps, envious.' - The Times
'Constructed as a single, sustained climax, it is like a cry of ecstasy which, without changing volume or pitch, becomes a cry of agony.' - Spectator
'A revelation ...This short, powerful work had a profound influence on rue and was one of the factors that made me want to be a writer.' - Beryl Bainbridge
'The emotion, the true and abject affliction, conics through ... to move the reader, and even to awe him.' - London Review of Books
'I doubt if there are half a dozen such masterpieces in the world.' - Brigid BrophyAbout the Author:
Elizabeth Smart was born in Ottawa,Canada, in 1913. She was educated at private schools in Canada and for a year at King's College, University of London. One day, while browsing in a London bookshop, she 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 to the United States. Thus began one of the most extraordinary, intenese 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 writtten—By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept. Originally published in 1945, this remarkable work is now widely recognized as a classic work of poetic prose which has retained all of its searing poignancy, beauty and power of impact.
After the war, Elizabeth Smart supported herself and her family with journalism and advertising work. In 1963 she became literary and associate editor of Queen magazine but subsequently dropped out of the literary scene to live quietly in a remote part of Suffolk. Elizabeth Smart died in 1986.
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Descrizione libro Univ of Toronto Pr. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. Codice libro della libreria G0888790481I5N00
Descrizione libro Univ of Toronto Pr, 1982. Condizione libro: Fair. 0th Edition. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP89355002
Descrizione libro Univ of Toronto Pr, 1982. Condizione libro: Good. 0th Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP72190036
Descrizione libro Deneau Publishers, 1981. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Fair. Condizione sovraccoperta: Yes. 1st Printing. Item is only in "acceptable" condition. It has been extensively read and shows many signs of wear to the cover, dust jacket, spine and pages, dog ears and yellowing. Perfectly readable, but not suitable for a gift or collection. Reading copy only. Dust jacket is well worn. Book has a slight lean. Binding is tight. Former library book with usual library stamps, tape stains, markings and shelf wear. Codice libro della libreria 3827
Descrizione libro Univ of Toronto Pr, 1982. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Codice libro della libreria P020888790481
Descrizione libro Deneau Publishers, Ottawa, 1981. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 8vo pp. 4 128.Signed and inscribed by the author on FEP , Dated 12 Feb 1983. Signed and Dedicated by the author. book. Codice libro della libreria 197771