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A Mutual Friend: Poems for Charles Dickens

Published by Two Rivers Press

ISBN: 9781901677782

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This anthology of new poems provides a modern-day response to the life and work of one of our most enduringly popular novelists. Prompted by incidents from his life, the characters and plots of his novels, or their afterlife in other arts and cultural memory, these poems offer a series of intimate glimpses into Dickens’ place in the current poetic imagination.

Edited by award-winning poet and translator Peter Robinson, with an Introduction by Adrian Poole, the book includes contributions from over 50 poets, among them Paul Muldoon, Deryn Rees-Jones, Sean O’Brien, Philip Gross, Carrie Etter, Moniza Alvi, Alison Brackenbury, Fred D’Aguiar, John Fuller, C.K. Stead and John Hegley.

The cover shows an image of the Mechanics Institute, Reading, opened by Dickens himself, now the Great Expectations Hotel.

Peter Robinson’s many books include Selected Poems (Carcanet, 2003), The Look of Goodbye (Shearsman, 2008) and the limited-edition English Nettles and Other Poems (Two Rivers, 2010). He recently edited Bernard Spencer: Complete Poetry (Bloodaxe, 2011), one of Dannie Abse’s top 10 20th-century poetry collections in the Guardian, and Reading Poetry: An Anthology (Two Rivers, 2011). He is currently Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Reading.
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