The Letters of Thom Gunn w/UK-based editors Michael Nott and Clive Wilmer June 6th @6pm

East End Books Ptown Presents: The Letters of Thom Gunn w/UK-based editors Michael Nott and Clive Wilmer  - Monday June 6th at 6pm. Join us for a virtual book event.

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The Letters of Thom Gunn presents the first complete portrait of the private life, reflections, and relationships of a maverick figure in the history of British and American poetry.

I write about love, I write about friendship, remarked Thom Gunn: I find that they are absolutely intertwined. These core values permeate his correspondence with friends, family, lovers, and fellow poets, and shed new light on one of the most singular and compelling poets in English during the past half-century ( The Times Literary Supplement).

The Letters of Thom Gunn, edited by August Kleinzahler, Michael Nott, and Clive Wilmer, reveals the evolution of Gunn's work and illuminates the fascinating life that informed his poems: his struggle to come to terms with his mother's suicide; his changing relationship with his life partner, Mike Kitay; the LSD trips that led to his celebrated collection Moly (1971); and the deaths of friends from AIDS that inspired the powerful, unsparing elegies of The Man with Night Sweats (1992).

The forthcoming US publication of legendary poet
Thom Gunn's letters, a riveting sampler of his personal musings on poetry,
friendship, revelry (lots of revelry), and his life as a gay man. The book
has received across-the-board rave reviews from trade publications
(Publishers Weekly in a starred review: "Packed with life and vigor") and
around last year's UK publication (The Spectator: "Gunn was such a dynamic,
stylish figure that it's hard not to feel a little dull by comparison).
Harper's also just gave it a rave review ("Reading what Gunn didn’t choose
to show to the public, and knowing what he did, it becomes clear how personal
a writer he is, even when he’s seemingly at his most impersonal"), and more
coverage is expected from The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The
New Republic, and more.


Event date: 
Monday, June 6, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
389 Commercial St.
Provincetown, MA 02657
The Letters of Thom Gunn By Thom Gunn, Michael Nott (Editor), August Kleinzahler (Editor), Clive Wilmer (Editor) Cover Image
By Thom Gunn, Michael Nott (Editor), August Kleinzahler (Editor), Clive Wilmer (Editor)
ISBN: 9780374605698
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 24th, 2022