By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth SmartBy Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

byElizabeth Smart

Paperback | June 23, 2015

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Elizabeth Smart's passionate fictional account of her intense love-affair with the poet George Barker, described by Angela Carter as 'Like MADAME BOVARY blasted by lightning . A masterpiece'.One day, while browsing in a London bookshop, Elizabeth Smart 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 from Japan, where he was teaching, to join her in the United States. Thus began one of the most extraordinary, intense 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 written - 'By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept'.Originally published in 1945, this remarkable book is now widely identified as a classic work of poetic prose which, seven decades later, has retained all of its searing poignancy, beauty and power of impact.
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. Her landmark work, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept was published in 1945. After the war she supported herself and her family through journalism and advertising work. I...
Title:By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and WeptFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pagesPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

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ISBN - 10:0586090398

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Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not Great Totally was not impressed by this book. I was thorough disappointed as this novel is considered to be a great Canadian poetic novel.
Date published: 2009-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from poetic prose masterpeice a highly under rated story of an exeptional woman, years before her time. a must read for any endurer of heartbreak, it tends to turn into a demi-bible for true romantics, you'll have a tattered copy at bedside at all times.
Date published: 2000-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from how strong can love be? A must read for someone who believes in love. Also a must read for someone who appreciates great books. "By Grand Central Station..." is a wonderful escape. Too bad it is only a little over a hundred pages long. I had to read it twice in one day to get a real "fix" out of it. I plan to read it again soon. "By Grand Central Station..." is a masterpiece!
Date published: 2000-07-23

From Our Editors

One of the most moving and deeply felt masterpieces of the century, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept is the true story of Ottawa-born author Elizabeth Smart's great and tragic love affair. After discovering a poetry volume by George Barker, she paid to fly both the impoverished author and his wife from Japan to join her in North America, and began an affair that was both strange and intensely passionate. Although Barker and Smart never married, they had four children, and this book is the story of the extraordinary triangle created by the power of their love.

Editorial Reviews

'Like Madame Bovary blasted by lightening . A masterpiece.' Angela Carter'At some point every good reader comes across "By Grand Central Station I sat Down and Wept". And he or she recognises an emotion essential and permanent to us.' Michael Ondaatje'A revelation.This short, powerful work has a profound influence on me and was one of the factors that made me want to be a writer.' Beryl Bainbridge'I doubt if there are more than half a dozen such masterpieces of poetic prose in the world.' Brigid Brophy'Explores a passion between a man and two women, one of them his wife - a love despairing and triumphant upon which the reader may gaze, awed, appalled, or even, perhaps, envious.' The Times'Few writers have ever captured the full honesty of what passion means as shockingly and as piercingly as Smart. Today, its force still strikes us hard in the face, a beautiful and bloody blow.' Lesley McDowell, Independent on Sunday'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'The emotion, the truth and abject affliction comes move the reader, and even to awe him.' London Review of Books