Incorrigibly Plural by Fran Brearton
Louis MacNeice and His Legacy

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A memoir by his son in "Incorrigibly Plural" makes it clear that he was a distant father and a disastrous husband, perhaps on account of his incorrigibly plural amatory attachments. But he was also one of the great love poets of the 20th century.
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Illuminating the work of a writer whose achievement and influence is increasingly recognized as central to modern poetry in English, this record is a celebration of the diversity and vitality of Louis MacNeice’s writing. With contributions by fellow poets and critics—such as Neil Corcoran, Paul Farley, Leontia Flynn, Derek Mahon, Peter McDonald, and Clair Wills among others—it features a memoir by MacNeice’s son, the late Dan MacNeice, and various biographical accounts. More than a retrospective work of criticism, this compilation also offers insight into MacNeice’s complex political awareness and his ability to bring historical moments to life.

 

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Dr Fran Brearton is Reader in English at Queen's University, Belfast. She is the author of The Great War in Irish Poetry (2000) and Reading Michael Longley (2006). Edna Longley MRIA, FBA is a Professor Emerita at Queen's University, Belfast. Her publications include Poetry and Posterity (2000) and as editor, Edward Thomas: The Annotated Collected Poems (2008).
 
Published March 1, 2012 by Carcanet Press Ltd.. 318 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Martin Rubin on Aug 14 2012

A memoir by his son in "Incorrigibly Plural" makes it clear that he was a distant father and a disastrous husband, perhaps on account of his incorrigibly plural amatory attachments. But he was also one of the great love poets of the 20th century.

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