Grantchester

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Grantchester

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Notes
See Bernard Kops, 'World is a Wedding', various page references.

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Related place
England
Related people
Kops, Bernard
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The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
Related place
England
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Grantchester

Reading experience
Identifer:
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Evidence

"Bernard Kops, the son of an immigrant leather worker, had a special understanding of the transition from from autodidact culture to Bohemia to youth culture, because he experienced all three. He grew up in the ferment of the Jewish East End... read ""The Tempest"" at school, and cried over ""The Forsaken Merman"". At fifteen he became a cook at a hotel, where the staff gave him Karl Marx, Henry Miller and ""Ten Days that Shook the World"". A neighbor presented him with the poems of Rupert Brooke, and ""Grantchester"" so resonated with the Jewish slum boy that he went to the library to find another volume from the same publisher, Faber and Faber. Thus he stumbled upon T.S. Eliot. ""This book changed my life"", he remembered. ""It struck me straight in the eye like a bolt of lightning... I had no preconceived ideas about poetry and read "The Waste Land" and "Prufrock" as if they were the most acceptable and common forms in existence. The poems spoke to me directly, for they were bound up with the wasteland of the East End, and the desolation and lonelines of people and landscape. Accidentally I had entered the mainstream of literature""."

Source

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes

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England
EuRED : emotions
EuRED : intensity
EuRED : environment
EuRED : lighting
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Notes
See Bernard Kops, 'World is a Wedding', various page references.

How to cite this record

You can copy this item for personal use, share it, and post it on a blog or website. It cannot be used commercially without permission. Please ensure the following credit accompanies it:

The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
http://eured.univ-lemans.fr/dbworkshop/index.php/Detail/objects/101838
Accessed on 2019/09/17 17:15:29

Related place
England
Related people
Kops, Bernard
Related text or manuscript
The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes
Related place
England
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