An exact mystery: The poetic life of Vernon Watkins

Out of Stock. Usually despatches within 2 weeks.


Vernon Watkins is a great riddle at the heart of twentieth century poetry. His poetry has been praised in the highest terms by, among others, T.S. Eliot, W.B. Yeats, Dylan Thomas and Marianne Moore. Kathleen Raine called him: "the greatest lyric poet of my generation." Yet he has remained, for the most part, almost entirely unknown.

One reason for this is that Watkins in no way sought for fame. Another is that after a transformative spiritual experience, marking a new beginning in his life and work, Watkins rarely referred to the visionary, crisis-ridden dramatic path of his early years. Right as this was for him, it has prevented the full context of his life from being seen.

An Exact Mystery, the first volume of Watkins's authorized biography, sets this to rights, depicting his path to maturity as a poet and a person, from his early years in Wales and schooling at Repton up to his appearance as a published poet, aged 35, during the Second World War. Along the way, Ramsbotham describes his extreme clash with Christopher Isherwood at Cambridge; his 'spiritual emergency' in Cardiff and Rome; his links with W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot; and his intense friendship and collaboration with his complementary opposite, Dylan Thomas.

Product Details

The Choir Press
Publish Date
BIC Categories:

Earn By Promoting Books

Earn money by sharing your favourite books through our Affiliate programme.

Become an Affiliate
We use cookies and similar methods to recognize visitors and remember their preferences. We also use them to help detect unauthorized access or activity that violate our terms of service, as well as to analyze site traffic and performance for our own site improvement efforts. To learn more about these methods, including how to disable them view our Cookie Policy.