By Janet Montefiore
135mmx210mm, paperback, 68pp including five illustrations
Janet Montefiore, born in Cambridge in 1948, read English Language and Literature at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She is Professor Emerita of the University of Kent, where she lectured at the School of English from 1978 to 2015. Her books include Feminism and Poetry (1987, 3rd edition 2004), Men and Women Writers of the 1930s (1996), Arguments of Heart and Mind (2002) and Rudyard Kipling (2007). Since her short collection In a Glass (1979), her poems have appeared in numerous periodicals. Shaping Spirits is her first full-length collection.
‘Janet Montefiore’s sonnets “shape,” with astonishing economy, childhood and adolescent memories into a narrative of literary apprenticeship, limning a place, a time, a kind of life now disappearing, as vividly as any novelist.’ – Marilyn Hacker
‘These poems by one of our foremost literary critics bring us as close to the child in the past as they do to the child who also exists as an adult in the present.’ – Deryn Rees-Jones