The Poets' Wives

A Novel

Park, David

(Book - 2014)
The Poets' Wives
Three women confront the contradictions between art and life, each destined to play the role of a poet's wife. Catherine Blake, the wife of William Blake, a poet, painter and engraver who struggles for recognition in a society that dismisses him as a madman; Nadezhda Madelstam, wife of Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, whose poetry costs him his life under Stalin's terror; and the wife of a fictional contemporary Irish poet, who looks back on her marriage during the days after her husband's death as she seeks to fulfill his final wish.--From publisher website.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Bloomsbury USA,, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 1620405245
Characteristics: 297 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Watson, Colin Illustrator


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Sep 19, 2014
  • bookwormjeph rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It took me a little while to decide if I liked this novel. MY main doubt being that I knew very little about each of the poets life's that are fictionalised in these three stories- all from the perspective of their wives. I persevered and was glad I did. The third section is of a completely fictional poet and ironically I enjoyed this story less than the other two focused on real poets- William Blake and Russian poet Osip Mandelstam. A rsahter intriguing set of stories so beautifully written they could almost be classed as poetry themselves.


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