Tony Harrison: Loiner

Hardcover | August 18, 2004

EditorSandie Byrne

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Tony Harrison: Loiner is published to celebrate the poet and playwright Tony Harrison's sixtieth birthday through an exploration of his work, including his best-known poem v.. Harrison (1937- ) has been called `our best English poet', and has been awarded a number of prizes for his poetry,including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Royal Television Society Award, the Prix Italia, and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry. This book gives his work the serious critical attention it merits, with essays from a number of prominent contributors, including Richard Eyre and Melvyn Bragg, and aforeword by Grey Gowrie. The collection ranges from personal recollections of working with Tony Harrison and personal responses to his poems, to detailed critical analyses of his techniques and themes, covering Harrison's short poems and sonnet sequence, his plays, his television poem-films, and hislibretti, spanning the years 1955-1997. A `loiner' is a native of Leeds, where Tony Harrison was born and spent the early part of his life, and from which he was dispossessed by the enforced translation of the state scholarship system. The word also connotes other aspects of Tony Harrison: the `loins' of his poetry--its energy andphysicality--and the `loners' who are its main protagonists--men and women dispossessed of their class, nation, language, and identity. At sixty, Harrison is at his poetic peak, producing plays, film-scripts, libretti, journalistic responses to social and national strife, impassioned speeches oflove and outrage--always in poetry. Tony Harrison: Loiner introduces the major themes and forms of our most exciting and cosmopolitan as well as technically accomplished poet, and reassesses his achievement and place in twentieth-century literature.

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Tony Harrison: Loiner is published to celebrate the poet and playwright Tony Harrison's sixtieth birthday through an exploration of his work, including his best-known poem v.. Harrison (1937- ) has been called `our best English poet', and has been awarded a number of prizes for his poetry,including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, th...

Sandie Byrne is Lecturer in English at Balliol College, Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.75 inPublished:August 18, 2004Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198184301

ISBN - 13:9780198184300

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AbbreviationsLord Gowrie: ForewordSandie Byrne: Introduction: Tony Harrison's Public Poetry1. Desmond Graham: The Best Poet of 19612. Richard Eyre: Tony Harrison the Playwright3. Melvyn Bragg: v. by Tony Harrison, or Production No. 73095, LWT Arts4. Sandie Byrne: On Not Being Milton, Marvell, or Gray5. Jem Poster: Open to Experience: Structure and Exploration in Tony Harrison's Poetry6. Christopher Butler: Culture and Debate7. N. S. Thompson: Book Ends: Harrison's Public and Private Poetry8. Alan Rusbridger: Tony Harrison and the Guardian9. Rick Rylance: Doomsongs: Tony Harrison and War10. Martyn Crucefix: The Drunken Porter Does Poetry: Metre and Voice in the Poems of Tony Harrison11. Oliver Taplin: The Chorus of Mams12. Jonathan Silver: Poetry or Bust: Tony Harrison and Salt's Mill13. Peter Forbes: In the Canon's Mouth: Tony Harrison and Twentieth-Century Poetry14. Bernard O'Donoghue: `Command of English'15. Desmond Graham: `Pericles in Tynemouth'NotesContributorsSelect BibliographyIndex

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`it opens with a new sonnet of his, ends with verse by Bernard O'Donoghue and Desmond Graham, and fills the 200 pages between with memoirs and admiring essays.'Poetry Review, vol.87, no.2, Summer 1997