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Basil Bunting (1900-1985) was an extraordinary if sometimes neglected poet. His late-flowering masterpiece 'Briggflatts' (1965) jettisoned him into the pantheon of 20th century greats and reminded his audience that the legacies of international modernism had not been entirely buried. Bunting showed that Anglo-American modernism was not incompatible with native traditions ...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published November 30th 2013 by Northcote House Publishers
(first published August 30th 2012)
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This is an fine, short introduction to Bunting's work. For a man who was widely regarded as one of his country's leading poets at the time of his death, Bunting is all but invisible today. Books about him are rare, This is only the third full length treatment of the man and his work, and while it won't supersede Makin's "Bunting; the shaping of his verse", that book is hard to find and even second hand copies are expensive. The advantage I suppose is that it's possible to have read almost all th ...more