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James Kirkup (1918–2009)

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63+ obres 215 Membres 4 Ressenyes

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Obres de James Kirkup

These Horned Islands (1962) 18 exemplars
The Haiku Hundred (1992) 15 exemplars
So Long Desired (Gay verse) (1986) 12 exemplars
Japan Behind the Fan (1970) 7 exemplars
Filipinescas (1968) 7 exemplars
Gaijin on the Ginza: A Novel (1991) 6 exemplars
Hong Kong and Macao (1970) 6 exemplars
The Prodigal Son 5 exemplars
Me All Over (1993) 5 exemplars
Streets of Asia (1969) 4 exemplars
Only Child (Athena Library) (1957) 4 exemplars
Veloz como o Vento (1962) — Traductor — 4 exemplars
The Authentic Touch (2006) 4 exemplars
Insect summer (1971) 3 exemplars
Paper Windows (1968) 3 exemplars
A Bewick Bestiary (2009) 3 exemplars
Tokyo (1966) 2 exemplars
Refusal to Conform (1963) 2 exemplars
One Man's Russia (1968) 2 exemplars
The creation 1 exemplars
Songs and Dreams (1970) 1 exemplars
Marsden Bay (2008) 1 exemplars
Figures in a Setting (1996) 1 exemplars
No More Hiroshimas (2004) 1 exemplars
Cities of the World: Bangkok (1968) 1 exemplars
Three Poems (1988) 1 exemplars
Many-Lined Poem (SC) (1973) 1 exemplars
TankAlphabet (2001) 1 exemplars
Formulas for chaos : fractals (1994) 1 exemplars
Zen Contemplations 1 exemplars
First Fireworks (1992) 1 exemplars
Short takes (1993) 1 exemplars
Tokonoma (1999) 1 exemplars
The Way I See Japan 1 exemplars
Shooting Stars (1992) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter (1958) — Traductor, algunes edicions2,091 exemplars
The Physicists (1962) — Traductor, algunes edicions1,926 exemplars
The Dark Child (1954) — Traductor, algunes edicions704 exemplars
An African in Greenland (1983) — Traductor, algunes edicions577 exemplars
The Radiance of the King (1954) — Traductor, algunes edicions348 exemplars
Tots els matins del món (1991) — Traductor, algunes edicions337 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (1994) — Col·laborador — 323 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Contemporary Verse (1950) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions266 exemplars
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (1983) — Col·laborador — 237 exemplars
The Little Man (1963) — Traductor, algunes edicions126 exemplars
The Classic Theatre Volume II Five German Plays (1959) — Traductor — 81 exemplars
The Male Muse: A Gay Anthology (1973) — Col·laborador — 64 exemplars
The Stately Homo: A Celebration of the Life of Quentin Crisp (2000) — Col·laborador — 58 exemplars
L'àngel cec (1992) — Traductor, algunes edicions42 exemplars
L'home del barret vermell (1992) — Traductor, algunes edicions35 exemplars
The Oxford Book of Scary Tales (1992) — Col·laborador — 35 exemplars
Modern Japanese Poetry (1978) — Traductor, algunes edicions11 exemplars


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James Kirkup divided his memoirs into numerous short parts, which sometimes jump backwards and forwards in time in confusing ways. A poet could not but be gay is the fourth in publication order, and it deals mostly with his time teaching in Sweden and Spain in the mid-1950s, but there are numerous flashbacks to England in the early fifties and a few looks forward to the next phase of his life, in Japan.

There's a lot of very entertaining gossip about sexual adventures in the public lavatories of Britain and the continent, as well as two more serious love affairs in Spain. But of course there's also a lot about Kirkup's progress as a writer and his literary friendships, most importantly that with Joe Ackerley, who acted as a kind of literary godfather to him and placed a number of his poems in the Listener, usually over the shocked objections of his clerical staff and/or the nervous BBC bureaucracy.

Kirkup reproduces quite a number of letters from Ackerley, most of which either didn't get included in Neville Braybrooke's edition of the Letters, or were heavily cut there. This often shows us a different side of Ackerley from the "official" one: still warm and funny and very supportive of Kirkup, but also liable to become rather cutting about other people who had annoyed him in one way or another.

A particularly enjoyable feature of the memoir is the very natural way Kirkup includes his own poems in the text, in the context of the situations where they were written.

Great fun, but you need to have a certain amount of background knowledge about the English (gay-) literary world in the 1950s, otherwise you're going to get a bit lost in the stream of names.
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thorold | Aug 12, 2021 |
Me all over takes up Kirkup's story around the end of 1958, at the point where Kirkup has come back from Spain and is looking for another opportunity to get out of the oppressive climate of the British Isles. Before he actually gets to the point of leaving for Japan he reverts for a while to his conviction of being persecuted and blacklisted by the British Council. As an openly gay, vegetarian, conscientious objector and founder-member of CND from a working-class background, it's just possible that there might have been things about him that rubbed the 1950s Establishment up the wrong way, so this wasn't necessarily paranoia, even if it sounds very like it. Then we get an entertaining passage in which he annihilates the characters of de Beauvoir, Sartre, Stephen Spender and Cyril Connolly within the space of about a page and a half. You can almost see the smoke rising from the paper...

But most of the book is shared between Kirkup's first experiences of Japan, where he was to stay for thirty years, and the last years of his friendship with Joe Ackerley and his sister Nancy West. Again, many of Ackerley's letters are quoted — some of which also appear in Braybrooke's book, but usually with passages excised or names deleted — and Kirkup shares with us the pain of seeing a close friend in decline but on the other side of the world. But there's also a lot of fun in his encounters with Japanese culture, especially the sort of Japanese culture you find in back-alleys and seedy bars, and in his caricatures of the official British expats and the way they panic at the prospect of a loose cannon like Kirkup popping up on their doorstep...
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thorold | Aug 12, 2021 |
A personal memoir of working in Malaya, in the early 1960s, commenting on people and places. Kirkup comes across as a Quentin Crisp type character with a similar acerbic wit!
DramMan | Aug 28, 2012 |
This is the Japan of fifty years ago observed and described by the poet James Kirkup. Always having felt himself at odds with much of English society he found the attitudes he encountered among the Japanese so compelling that after this, his first visit and taste of its academic life, he returned and spent the rest of his life there, dying in 2009. I first read this book many years ago and now I read it again I find it has not lost its incisiveness.
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gibbon | Oct 13, 2009 |



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