Karl Miller Tretower to Clyro: Essays

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In this last book of essays Karl Miller turns his attention to appreciate certain writers of the English–speaking modern world. Most of them are inhabitants of the North Sea archipelago once known as Great Britain, who are here seen as tribally distinct, as Scottish, English, Irish, or Welsh, and as a single society. The book is drawn to country lives as they have figured in the literature of the last century.

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Karl Miller is one of the greatest literary critics of the last 50 years, the founder of the London Review of Books, and Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London.  His books include Cockburn's MillenniumRebecca's Vest, and Dark Horses.

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'He is widely thought to be a brilliant diagnoser of Scotland's psychological doubleness or split personality ... an inner-space of great imaginative richness and cultural complexity ... as an artefact, the book shows how creatively a critical mind can play across whatever is thrown in its way in the course of a book-reviewing career, but it also sustains a certain political role - as diplomat as much as translator - in the uneasy relationship between the metropolitan and the 'country', the centralising ideology of an 'official' culture and the devoted or the preterite ... this is a book to be read slowly and ideally aloud' The Scottish Review of Books. 'a wonderful account of explorations a trois of the Celtic parts of Great Britain' Eric Hobsbawm, The Guardian. 'Miller writes thoughtfully on the role of place in literature and the ways in which authors' relationships with particular place shape their creative work' The Good Book Guide.

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