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A Poet's Revolution
A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov | Donna Krolik Hollenberg
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"The first full-length biography of British-born poet Denise Levertov (1923-1997) brings to life a major voice in American poetry during the second half of the twentieth century. Drawing on exhaustive archival reserach of Levertov's entire opus and on interviews with dozens of the poet's friends, Donna Krolik Hollneberg's authoritative biography captures the full complexity of Levertov's entire opus and on interviews with dozens of the poet's friends, Donna Korlik Hollenberg's authoritative biography captures the full complexity of Levertov as both a woman and an artist, and the dynamic world she inhabited"--Front jacket flap.
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This passage reminds me of the lost, gaiety & outrageous behavior of the “Bright Young Things” post WWI, as exemplified in The Glittering Hour.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my never ending list!! 4w
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Denise was descended from mystics,adventurers & victims of persecution.Her mom,Beatrice Spooner-Jones, lost her mother to childbirth& her doctor father at the age of 12.That is when this “7 devils” of a girl went to live with elder relatives.As an adult, Beatrice attended a religious revival & converted to a Christianity, whose ideals of worshipping & obeying the spirit gave her life purpose.🔽

kspenmoll 🔼Her father,born & educated as a Russian Hasidic Jew,converted to Christianity as an adult.He traveled through Eastern& Western Europe,Palestine & Constantinople,where he met Beatrice.They traveled to England to marry.Eventually they went to Germany where he was appointed as a post graduate teacher of Rabbinics & Hewbrew. (edited) 2mo
Graywacke Fascinating background 2mo
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#poetry
My older brother(18 months apart;we were in each others pockets)had the privilege of participating in a poetry seminar hosted by Denise Levertov at Tufts University. She taught there from 1973 to 1979 & lived in Somerville as he did.I visited him often, an easy bus ride from Worcester Ma,where I was attending college.He spoke of his admiration for her often,especially in the context of political activism.I am excited about this biography!