Charlotte Mew: and Her Friends

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Penelope Fitzgerald’s fascinating portrait of the tragic poet and her life at the heart of the Bloomsbury set.

Charlotte Mew (1869-1928) cut one of the most distinctive figures of the twentieth century – beloved of Siegfried Sassoon and Walter de la Mare (for whom she was ‘a very rare being’), unafraid of Virginia Woolf, and considered by Hardy to be ‘far and away the best living woman poet’.

Part of a new wave of fashionable female dandies who lived passionate, precarious existences in Bloomsbury, she was an enchanting and spirited personality. But behind the brave face was a life riddled with grief: left to care for her disturbed mother, two siblings with undiagnosed Schizophrenia and Charlotte herself burdened by depression and closeted lesbianism; she killed herself by drinking household disinfectant.

In this unexpectedly gripping portrait of a life of passion unfulfilled, Penelope Fitzgerald brings all her novelist’s skills into play in telling a story that is at once tragic, beautiful and deeply human.

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Penelope Fitzgerald’s fascinating portrait of Bloomsbury’s saddest poet.

Charlotte Mew (1869–1928) was a poet with a formidable reputation who, as Virginia Woolf put it, was ‘very good and interesting and unlike anyone else’ and who wrote some of the best English poems of the twentieth century. In her private life, to all appearances, she was a dutiful daughter living at home with a monster of an old mother. The proprieties had to be observed and no one must know that the Mews had no money, that two siblings were insane and that Charlotte was a secret lesbian, living a life of self-inflicted frustration. Despite literary success and a passionate, enchanting personality, eventually the conflicts within her drove her to despair, and she killed herself by swallowing household disinfectant.

In this unexpectedly gripping portrait, Penelope Fitzgerald brings all her novelist’s skills into play, giving us what Victoria Glendinning calls a ‘tantalising, touching story…an entire life’s emotional history in a short space’.

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‘A perceptive, witty biography. A marvel and a curiosity … reads like a Thomas Hardy novel’ The Times

‘Everyone says you can’t write the biography of a genius. Penelope Fitzgerald has … and she has managed to present Charlotte Mew with such subtlety that you feel you’ve read her work, even if you haven’t’ The Times

‘Absorbing … full of insight and sympathy and mellow humour’ Observer

‘Wise and ironic, funny and humane, Fitzgerald is a wonderful, wonderful writer.’ David Nicholls

‘The heartbreaking story, beautifully told, of a hitherto underestimated poet. Tantalizing but touching, an entire life’s emotional history in a short space.’ Victoria Glendinning, Sunday Times

‘A subtle, succinct, generous biography.’ Hilary Spurling, Evening Standard

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