Along Came the Witch

Along Came the Witch : Journals in the 1960's

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  • Hardback | 223 pages
  • 134.62 x 208.28 x 27.94mm | 430.91g
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • 0151050805
  • 9780151050802

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"What is dull about the perimeters of life and literature? This is the contingent world in which I move." So says teacher, poet (or "poeticule," in preference to the irritating "poetess"), critic and essayist Bevington who occasionally does just that in a collection of anecdotes, pleasantries and more somber thoughts similar to When Found Make a Verse Of (1961). The author glides in and out of the perceptions of famous and forgotten others to illuminate, contradict or stimulate her own ideas. This cross-pollination can result in arboreal meditations or faint raspberries: re JFK's inauguration - "an expressionless store mannequin Mrs. Kennedy. . . and a fire breaking out. . . to threaten all with burning. . . ." She also makes notes on her living in the Sixties - trips abroad, her classes, families past and present. Here she includes the days and months of deep personal tragedy attending the death of her husband for whom she wrote A Book and a Love Affair (1968): "I can't find the words to write the story of B. How can I when he is dead? I don't know the language for him." But for the most part this is a fine commonplace book for contemplation of large matters and small amusements. (Kirkus Reviews)
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