By Donna Hollenberg

ISBN-10: 0520954785

ISBN-13: 9780520954786

This primary full-length biography of Anglo- American poet and activist Denise Levertov (1923-1997) brings to lifestyles one of many significant voices of the second one 1/2 the 20 th century, whilst American poetry used to be a robust effect around the globe. Drawing on exhaustive archival learn and interviews with seventy five acquaintances of Levertov, in addition to on Levertov’s complete opus, Donna Krolik Hollenberg’s authoritative biography captures the total complexity of Levertov as either girl and artist, and the dynamic global she inhabited. She charts Levertov’s formative years in England because the daughter of a Russian Hasidic father and a Welsh mom, her adventure as a nurse in London in the course of WWII, her marriage to an American after the warfare, and her circulate to big apple urban the place she turned an important determine within the American poetry scene. the writer chronicles Levertov’s function as a passionate social activist in risky occasions and her significance as a instructor of writing. eventually, Hollenberg indicates how the non secular size of Levertov’s poetry deepened towards the top of her existence, in order that her ultimate volumes hyperlink lyric notion with political and non secular dedication.

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He said that “because of their help on this voyage, gypsies anywhere . . would be grateful . . ”  Beatrice took this promise seriously. After traveling through Germany, Paul and Beatrice arrived in Wales. Paul was duly introduced to Aunt Bess and Uncle David Oliver, but Beatrice thought Paul was not adequately appreciated because he was a foreigner, without family or secure income. So Beatrice went to Liverpool to stay with her cousins, the Barkers, during the customary time between engagement and wedding, while Paul went to London to undertake some paid scholarly work.

He was taught by his father and in a traditional Hebrew primary school (cheder). He first encountered the New Testament and Jesus when he was eight or nine, on the way home from playing with friends. Levertov later recalled this family legend as follows: As he trudged homeward my father’s eye was caught by a scrap of printed paper lying in the gray, trampled snow. Though he was a playful, disobedient boy . . he was also . . a little Talmud scholar, respectful of words; and he saw at a glance .

However, it was not only her early experience with death that made Beatrice the stronger of the two in some respects. Hers was also the more grounded personality. Now, as in the future, she was the one in the family who reassembled the pieces of their temporarily shattered lives. Beatrice went to Wales to visit her relatives in October 1913 while Paul traveled in Russia and lectured on Hasidism, but by January 1914, she was back in Leipzig looking for a larger apartment because they were expecting another child.

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