Charles Tomlinson

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Charles Tomlinson

Writers and their Work


June 1st, 1999



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Ever since his early collections of the late 1950s and early 1960s repudiated the parochialism of some of the ‘Movement’ poets, Charles Tomlinson has formed a unique voice in contemporary British Poetry. Cosmopolitan, intellectual, and polyglot, he has achieved an original blend of the high modernist tradition, English Romantic aesthetics and contemporary phenomenology. His work forms, in his own words, a ‘phenomenology of perception’, one adapted to what could be termed an environmentalist ethic and aesthetic, a defence of the irreducible idioms of ‘place’. This book, the first on this major English writer from a British publisher, forms a comprehensive defence of Tomlinson’s project, including his work as a graphic artist, as a translator, and as a participator in experiments in multiple authorship and multi-lingual poetry.

About The Author

Tim Clark is Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Durham. He has held academic posts in Finland and Australia as well as in the UK. He has written widely on poetry and the Romantic tradition including: Embodying Revolution: The Figure of the Poet in Shelley (1989); Derrida, Heidegger, Blanchet: Sources of Derrida’s Notion and Practice of Literature (1992); The Theory of Inspiration: Composition as a Crisis of Subjectivity in Romantic and Post-Romantic Writing (1997). He is co-editor of the Oxford Literary Review.