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By Lynette Roberts

The paintings of an unique, haunting, and experimental modernist poet is made on hand back for the 1st time in 50 years during this quantity. Lynette Roberts is especially a warfare poet, in that her released collections take as their topic a woman's lifestyles in wartime. A overdue modernist, she works on scales while: the mythic and the family. As a Welsh author, her most sensible paintings stands along that of her near-contemporaries, David Jones, R.S. Thomas and Dylan Thomas. As a girl poet, her paintings bears comparability with that of either Mina Loy and Djuna Barnes.

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Lawrence would caricature just such modernist writing (with Joyce and Dorothy Richardson in mind) as “self-consciousness picked into such fine bits that the bits are most of them invisible”: “oh, Lord,” 22 Introduction: A modernism on all fours he imagines a stereotypical modernist thinking, “if I liked to watch myself closely enough, if I liked to analyse my feelings minutely, as I unbutton my gloves, instead of saying crudely I unbuttoned them, then I could go on to a million pages instead of a thousand.

Back home that evening Gervaise just sat on a chair in a daze,” the passage begins, with a cue that this is not likely to be a profound meditation: But in truth it wasn’t only Maman Coupeau she’d left at the bottom of that hole in the little garden of the Rue Marcadet. Too much was missing; what she’d buried that day must be a part of her own life, her shop, her pride as an employer, and other feelings as well. Yes, the walls were bare, and so was her heart [Mais elle n’avait bien sˆur pas laiss´e que maman Coupeau au fond du trou, dans le petit jardin de la rue Marcadet.

In a very real sense, the emphasis on writing as material labor that grounded Zola’s successful appearance at the Authors’ Club dinner, with its implicit de-emphasizing of aesthetic merits or literary technique, had helped to convict Vizetelly (and by extension, Zola himself ) just four years earlier. 7 The bill’s sponsor began by highlighting Alfred Vizetelly’s rash (and misleading) boast to W. T. 8 Raising a familiar image of a degenerate France, especially in contrast to the rising power of Germany, where Zola’s novels had not been sold, Samuel Smith MP would rhetorically ask, especially in light of what he saw as the “failure” of the Elementary Education Act, if Parliament “need wonder that they were rearing in London a population which, to a large extent, would prove a source of weakness to the nation” (6–7).

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