By Donna Hollenberg
This primary full-length biography of Anglo- American poet and activist Denise Levertov (1923-1997) brings to lifestyles one of many significant voices of the second one half the 20 th century, whilst American poetry used to be a strong effect world wide. Drawing on exhaustive archival study and interviews with seventy five buddies of Levertov, in addition to on Levertov’s whole opus, Donna Krolik Hollenberg’s authoritative biography captures the complete complexity of Levertov as either girl and artist, and the dynamic international she inhabited. She charts Levertov’s formative years in England because the daughter of a Russian Hasidic father and a Welsh mom, her adventure as a nurse in London in the course of WWII, her marriage to an American after the struggle, and her flow to long island urban the place she grew to become a big determine within the American poetry scene. the writer chronicles Levertov’s position as a passionate social activist in risky occasions and her significance as a instructor of writing. eventually, Hollenberg exhibits how the religious size of Levertov’s poetry deepened towards the top of her lifestyles, in order that her ultimate volumes hyperlink lyric notion with political and non secular dedication.
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A Poet's Revolution: The Life of Denise Levertov by Donna Hollenberg