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Contains the first two prose books of the eminent poet and literary critic, Donald Davie. The Purity of Diction and Articulate Energy are primary critical texts, which have shaped the approach of two generations of readers and teachers of poetry.
Born in Barnsley in 1922, DONALD DAVIE served in the Navy and studied at Cambridge, becoming Professor of English at Essex, and later at Stanford and Vanderbilt. In 1988 he returned to England where he died in 1995. Carcanet's uniform Collected Works of Donald Davie includes Collected Poems (1990), Under Briggflatts (1989), Slavic Excursions (1990), Studies in Ezra Pound (1991), Older Masters (1992), Church, Chapel, and the Unitarian Conspiracy (1995) and Poems and Melodramas (1996).