By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept

Book - 1991
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Elizabeth Smartâe(tm)s passionate fictional account of her intense love-affair with the poet George Barker, described by Angela Carter as âe~Like MADAME BOVARY blasted by lightning âe¦ A masterpieceâe(tm).

One day, while browsing in a London bookshop, Elizabeth Smart chanced upon a slim volume of poetry by George Barker âe" and fell passionately in love with him through the printed word. Eventually they communicated directly and, as a result of Barkerâe(tm)s impecunious circumstances, Elizabeth Smart flew both him and his wife from Japan, where he was teaching, to join her in the United States. Thus began one of the most extraordinary, intense and ultimately tragic love affairs of our time. They never married but Elizabeth bore George Barker four children and their relationship provided the impassioned inspiration for one of the most moving and immediate chronicles of a love affair ever written âe" âe~By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Weptâe(tm).

Originally published in 1945, this remarkable book is now widely identified as a classic work of poetic prose which, seven decades later, has retained all of its searing poignancy, beauty and power of impact.

Publisher: London ; Toronto : Grafton, 1991, c1966
ISBN: 9780586090398
0586090398
Branch Call Number: FIC Smart 05ad 01
Characteristics: 112 p

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VRMurphy
Oct 14, 2014

I found reading this book problematic. The writing is beautiful, very poetic use of language. I recognise that Smart is in one sense a feminist icon, in terms of claiming her sexuality and defending her choice to follow her heart in the face of social disapproval. I found myself continually thinking "but what about Mrs. Barker's pain?", and being annoyed with Smart appearing to think that her great love allowed her to override that and disregard the other woman's feelings.

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