The Kick: A Life Among Writers

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In The Kick, Irish poet Richard Murphy constructs from astonishingly detailed diaries kept over five decades a memoir of his personal life and the violent legacies of Anglo-Irish history. In unsparing prose, he writes about painfully delicate personal issues, including his sexuality, as well as the Protestant gentry from which he comes. With serene, devastating honesty, he describes the literary milieus of London, Dublin, and New York and his friendships and encounters with some of the leading postwar writers, including W.H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, J.R. Ackerley, Laura Riding, Robert Graves, John McGahern, and Conor Cruise O’Brien. These are the personal, literary, and political engagements of a lifetime, as recounted by a poet with the gift of epic objectivity.”

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Richard Murphy was born in County Mayo in 1927. His major works as a poet include The Battle of Aughrim (1968) and High Island (1974). His Collected Poems were published in 2000.

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The Kick is a fine, considered, and fascinating memoir of a life lived as close to the full as possible.” -- John Banville, The New York Review of Books

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