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Stephen Spender: A Life in Modernism

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The first critical biography of one of the twentieth century's towering literary figures.

Stephen Spender was a minor poet, but a major cultural influence during much of the century. Literary critic, journalist, art critic, social commentator, and friendend of the best-known cultural figures of the modernist and postmodernist periods (Yeats, Woolf, Sartre, Auden, Eliot, Ish
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 1999)
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Richard Jespers
I’d read about so many of Spender’s contemporaries and their work—Isherwood, Auden, Wescott, the Sackville-Wests—and felt that I must now explore his life. By way of this biographer, Spender would seem to have been a quiet but self-proclaimed bisexual. In his young life, he was as active and promiscuous as his contemporaries, but later on after he married and had children, he (apparently) kept this part of his life under wraps. In the eighties writer David Leavitt used what Spender considered to ...more
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