- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Bloodaxe Books Ltd (November 29, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1852243511
- ISBN-13: 978-1852243517
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,946,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maiden Speech Paperback – November 29, 1996
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Brown is just 28, and her bio says she is tending bar in a North London pub. But move over, Margaret Atwood, and look sharp, Wendy Cope. For, Ms. Atwood, Brown writes wittily well on love and on men, and besides, Ms. Cope, she rhymes and scans perfectly. Moreover, she uses a large vocabulary cleverly, and she is smart as a whip. Make that "she smarts like a whip," especially when asked to render an opinion (as she does in the, uh, doggerel stanzas of "Bitcherel" ) on a male friend's "new acquisition" or when she assumes the persona of a "Gossip Mosquito." Particularly noteworthy in her dazzling debut collection are its centerpiece, "Fifty Sonnets," which, like the great Elizabethan sonnet sequences, focuses on a love affair--although more on the long, mopey, often hilarious denouement after the lady has given the gent the gate than on the passion--and all the passages about how much she likes sex. She's 28, alright. Ray Olson
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Maiden Speech is the debut collection from a witty new poet, Eleanor Brown, who writes powerfully of love, and hilariously of love's pitfalls. Her work has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She received a Gregory Award in 1993 frnm the Society of Authors.
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