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Poets & the Peacock dinner : the literary history of a meal, Lucy McDiarmid

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Poets & the Peacock dinner : the literary history of a meal
Title
Poets & the Peacock dinner
Title remainder
the literary history of a meal
Statement of responsibility
Lucy McDiarmid
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On January 18, 1914, seven male poets gathered to eat a peacock. W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound, the celebrities of the group, led four lesser-known poets to the Sussex manor house of the man they were honouring, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt: the poet, horse-breeder, Arabist, and anti-imperialist married to Byron's only granddaughter. In this story of the curious occasion that came to be known as the 'peacock dinner, ' immortalized in the famous photograph of the poets standing in a row, Lucy McDiarmid creates a new kind of literary history derived from intimacies rather than 'isms.' The dinner evolved from three close literary friendships, those between Pound and Yeats, Yeats and Lady Gregory, and Lady Gregory and Blunt, whose romantic affair thirty years earlier was unknown to the others. Through close readings of unpublished letters, diaries, memoirs, and poems, in an argument at all times theoretically informed, McDiarmid reveals the way marriage and adultery, as well as friendship, offer ways of transmitting the professional culture of poetry. Like the women who are absent from the photograph, the poets at its edges (F.S. Flint, Richard Aldington, Sturge Moore, and Victor Plarr) are also brought into the discussion, adding interest by their very marginality. This is literary history told with considerable style and brio, often comically aware of the extraordinary alliances and rivalries of the 'seven male poets' but attuned to significant issues in coterie formation, literary homosociality, and the development of modernist poetics from late-Victorian and Georgian beginnings. 00
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ERASA
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McDiarmid, Lucy
Dewey number
810/820
Index
index present
LC call number
PR610
LC item number
.M34 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen
  • Plarr, Victor
  • Moore, T. Sturge
  • Yeats, W. B.
  • Pound, Ezra
  • Aldington, Richard
  • Flint, F. S.
  • English poetry
  • Poets, English
  • Dinners and dining
Label
Poets & the Peacock dinner : the literary history of a meal, Lucy McDiarmid
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 212 pages
Isbn
9780198722786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
(OCoLC)880557588
Label
Poets & the Peacock dinner : the literary history of a meal, Lucy McDiarmid
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-204) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvi, 212 pages
Isbn
9780198722786
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
System control number
(OCoLC)880557588

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