The Letters of Thom Gunn
This selection of correspondence presents, for the first time, the private life and reflections of a maverick figure in the history of British and American poetry.
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‘I write about love, I write about friendship,’ remarked Thom Gunn: ‘I find that they are absolutely intertwined.’ These core values permeate his correspondence with friends, family, lovers, and fellow poets, and shed new light on ‘one of the most singular and compelling poets in English during the past half-century’ (Times Literary Supplement).
These letters reveal the evolution of Gunn’s work and illuminate the fascinating life that informed his poems: his struggle to come to terms with his mother’s suicide; his changing relationship with his life partner, Mike Kitay; the LSD trips that led to his celebrated collection Moly (1971); and the deaths of friends from AIDS that inspired the powerful, unsparing elegies of The Man with Night Sweats (1992).
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