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Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin

(2014)
A non fiction book by

 
The inimitable Alan Bennett selects and comments upon six favorite poets and the pleasures of their works

In this candid, thoroughly engaging book, Alan Bennett creates a unique anthology of works by six well-loved poets. Freely admitting his own youthful bafflement with poetry, Bennett reassures us that the poets and poems in this volume are not only accessible but also highly enjoyable. He then proceeds to prove irresistibly that this is so.

Bennett selects more than seventy poems by Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and Philip Larkin. He peppers his discussion of these writers and their verse with anecdotes, shrewd appraisal, and telling biographical detail: Hardy lyrically recalls his first wife, Emma, in his poetry, although he treated her shabbily in real life. The fabled Auden was a formidable and off-putting figure at the lectern. Larkin, hoping to subvert snooping biographers, ordered personal papers shredded upon his death.

Simultaneously profound and entertaining, Bennett's book is a paean to poetry and its creators, made all the more enjoyable for being told in his own particular voice. its creators, made all the more enjoyable for being told in his own particular voice.

 
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Hardback Editions

October 2015 : USA Hardback
Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 0-300-21505-3 / 978-0-300-21505-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Yale University Press
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October 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology by Alan Bennett
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 0-571-32109-7 / 978-0-571-32109-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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October 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology by Alan Bennett
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 0-571-32363-4 / 978-0-571-32363-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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Paperback Editions

October 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology by Alan Bennett
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 0-571-32110-0 / 978-0-571-32110-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2015 : USA Paperback
Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 1-937894-52-5 / 978-1-937894-52-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atavist Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

October 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology
Author(s): Alan Bennett
Publisher: Faber Audio
Availability: Amazon   

October 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology
Author(s): Alan Bennett
Publisher: Faber Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

October 2014 : UK Audio CD
Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology by Alan Bennett
Author(s): Alan Bennett
ISBN: 0-571-32111-9 / 978-0-571-32111-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

October 2015 : USA Kindle edition
Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin: An Anthology
Author(s): Alan Bennett
Publisher: Yale University Press
Availability: Amazon   



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