The controversial first full assessment of the life and work of Britain’s greatest living poet, the Nobel nominee R.S.Thomas.
The Reverend R.S. Thomas is our greatest poet of universals – he is without peer as an observer of Nature, of God’s presence or absence in the World, and of the stormy, inscrutable relationship of Man to each. He is a perpetual, jarring reminder to British literature that it has often lost sight of the Big Questions.
Thomas is something of an institution; in time he will surely be regarded as Britain’s Robert Frost; his poetry is gaining a similar currency – read at weddings, funerals and other shindigs.
This book examines the role of the poet in video-age Britain.
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"'Furious Interiors' is a scholarly yet lucid biography of this major poet and it is hard to imagine a better one being written."
RUSSELL CELYN JONES, 'The Times'
"Thomas comes into startling focus in this biography… Wintle goes to see for himself, visiting Thomas's haunts, reading his way skilfully through the poems, to find a tormented man whose gift draws its energy from the torment."
PAUL FERRIS, 'Spectator'
"This fascinating, eccentric book… Wintle's whole enterprise is one of making sense of an enigma, of recognising contradictions, of retracing the often shadowy steps of Thomas's life, and searching his 'furious interiors'… there is an even-handedness about this book which puts Thomas in perspective without either condemning him or explaining him away… Wintle has given me a much richer, more profound understanding, in a book that is as intelligent as it is idiosyncratic."
ANTHONY THWAFFE, 'Sunday Telegraph'
"Wintle's book will surely confound the sceptics… It's entertaining and interesting and has the quality of a quest… His historical discursions – everything you ever wanted to know about Plaid Cymru, rector writers. Anglo-Welsh literature, and the development of modern theology – are models of the short essay."
BLAKE MORRISON, 'Independent on Sunday'
"His analyses of Thomas's art are percipient and learned and often beautifully expressed."
JAN MORRIS, 'Independent'
JUSTIN WINTLE is the author of two novels, four works of reference, a history of the Vietnam Wars and two travel books, the most recent of which is Romancing Vietnam (Penguin 1992). He is also the General Editor of the Movements and Ideas series.
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Book Description Flamingo, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006548377