The Cat Without E-mail
The variety of theme and mood, impressive technical command and characteristic element of surprise - this is a writer whose work can never be taken for granted - ensure that The Cat Without E-mail will enhance an already considerable reputation.
The collection revisits Brownjohn's childhood and adolescence as a 1930s' and wartime child, reflects wistfully on romantic adventures and unrealised ambitions, elegises his old friend Gavin Ewart, entertains with surreal dreams, sends up Sherlock Holmes and The Merchant of Venice and along the way humorously surveys avalanche dogs, a bug and a mosquito, and inevitably a cat without e-mail.
[He has] a powerful range and depth
...a completely assured master of whatever form he adopts
...a very sharp eye for observing life's ironies and the all-too-rare ability to hold the reader's interest
The Sunday Times
Alan Brownjohn was born in 1931. At Oxford his poet contemporaries included Anthony Thwaite, Geoffrey Hill, U. A. Fanthorpe, Adrian Mitchell and Jenny Joseph. Since publishing his first collection, The Railings (1961), he has been an admired and influential presence in English poetry. He is also a critic, teacher and promoter of poetry through such organisations as the Poetry Society, the Poetry Book Society and the Arvon Foundation, and in recent years has also produced translations of plays by Goethe and Corneille, and three novels, the latest being A Funny Old Year (2001). Enitharmon published The Men Around Her Bed in 2004) and his Collected Poems in 2006. His novel, Windows on the Moon is due to be published by Black Spring Press in the spring of 2009.
Alan Brownjohn - Incident on a holiday - English - click here to hear audio
Alan Brownjohn - On my 66th Birthday - English - click here to hear audio
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