Opal Sunset: Selected Poems, 1958-2008

Opal Sunset: Selected Poems, 1958-2008

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By (author) Clive James

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 19mm | 334g
  • Publication date: 7 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0330468170
  • ISBN 13: 9780330468176
  • Sales rank: 241,042

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Opal Sunset gathers together fifty years of Clive James's poetry, and will undoubtedly enhance his reputation as one of the most versatile and accomplished of contemporary writers. Indeed -- as with Other Passports, The Book of My Enemy and Angels Over Elsinore before it -- Opal Sunset proves Clive James to be as well suited to the intense demands of the poetic form as he is to prose. Readers new to his verse will not be surprised to find him a master of the comic set-piece and surreal excursion, while those who are familiar with his previous collections will already be aware of his fluency and apparently effortless style, his technical skill and thematic scope. Ultimately, however, the highest recommendation one can give is that Clive James is, in these poems, unmistakably himself -- an assured and dazzling wordsmith. Praise for Clive James: 'James is an absolute master of surface, and the great critic of surfaces, not because he is superficial but because he believes that the distortions on the surface tell you what's underneath. His simplicity isn't simple and his clarity has depth. With the essays and the poems -- which I think you have to consider as one great project -- he's built an immense, protective barrier reef around western civilisation' Julian Gough, Prospect 'At the writing desk, many poets are on their best behavior, but not Clive James, who allows his inner Byron to emerge -- satiric, scathing at times, and keenly attuned to the frivolities of the day. Opal Sunset is a generous helping of his very best, guaranteed to lift the spirit and raise the eyebrow' Billy Collins

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Clive James is the author of more than thirty books. As well as verse and novels, he has published collections of essays, literary criticism, television criticism and travel writing, plus four volumes of autobiography including, most recently, North Face of Soho. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature.

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Wise and witty. -- Adam Gopnik