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The Chameleon Poet By Robert Fraser

The Chameleon Poet by Robert Fraser

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The poet George Barker was convinced that his biography could never be written. writers such as Dylan Thomas, Walter de la Mare and Elizabeth Smart, whose By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept hymns their liaison;

The Chameleon Poet Summary

The Chameleon Poet: A Life of George Barker by Robert Fraser

The poet George Barker was convinced that his biography could never be written. 'I've stirred the facts around too much,' he told Robert Fraser. 'It simply can't be done.' Eliot wrote of his 'genius'. Yeats thought him the most interesting poet of his generation. Dylan Thomas envied his power over women. War trapped him in Japan. In America he conducted one of the most celebrated love affairs of the century. He fathered fifteen children in several countries, three during one battle-torn summer. By the 1950s he was the toast of Soho. Barker was Catholic and bohemian, frank and elusive, tender and boisterous. In Eliot's phrase, he was 'a most peculiar fellow.' Robert Fraser's biography offers both a portrait of a talented, tormented and irresistibly entertaining man, and a broad cultural landscape. Around the central figure cluster painters like Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Johnny Minton and the 'Roberts' Colquhoun and MacBryde; writers such as Dylan Thomas, Walter de la Mare and Elizabeth Smart, whose By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept hymns their liaison; the lugubrious humorist Jeffrey Bernard. After closing time at the Colony Room, Minton declared, they had to sweep up the jokes.

About Robert Fraser

Robert Fraser has lectured at the universities of Leeds and London, and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Director of Studies in English. In 1987, at the poet's request, he compiled Barker's Collected Poems; in 1995 he edited the Selected Poems. He lives in South London.

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GOR011246770
9780712691710
0712691715
The Chameleon Poet: A Life of George Barker by Robert Fraser
Used - Well Read
Paperback
Vintage Publishing
2002-11-07
592
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