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James Fenton

James Fenton
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James Fenton is a poet and critic. From 1994 to 1999 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford. He writes about poetry, art history, and gardening for the New York Review of Books.

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Selected Poems
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Selected Poems

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Listen to what they did.Don't listen to what they said.What was written in bloodHas been set up in lead.—from "Blood and Lead"The leading...

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A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed
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A Garden from a Hundred Packets of Seed

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

"An engaging mix of the serious and the playful, and Fenton writes with a lightness of touch perfectly suited to the subject." --Alexander Urquhart, The Times Literary SupplementForget...

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An Introduction to English Poetry
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An Introduction to English Poetry

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A wise, absorbing, and surprising introduction to poetry written in English, from one of England's leading poetsJames Fenton is that rare scholar "not ashamed to admit that he mostly...

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The Love Bomb
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The Love Bomb

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Three Libretti—Ranging In Setting From Ancient Jerusalem To Pre-Apocalyptic London—From An Acclaimed Poet

This volume of libretti marks new work—and new terrain—for James Fenton....

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The Strength of Poetry
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The Strength of Poetry

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Sharp-eyed critiques and appreciations of the essential poets of our time. James Fenton is unique among contemporary writers in having achieved equal distinction as a poet and -- in his reportage...

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Out of Danger
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Out of Danger

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Out of Danger (1994) was Fenton's first collection of poems in ten years, and the poems in it renew and amplify the qualities of unflinching observation and freewheeling verbal play that made...

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Children in Exile
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Children in Exile

James Fenton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Fenton's work is elegant, highly finished, reticent, witty. Disturbing and deeply affecting, Children in Exile remains an exhilarating and memorable performance.

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