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The Commonplace Book: A Writer's Journey Through Quotations

The Commonplace Book: A Writer's Journey Through Quotations
   

A commonplace book is the repository for a personal collection of quotations and scraps, pensees and poems. In vogue from the late sixteenth-century, their fans include John Milton, W H Auden and now Elizabeth Smither. Here she shares three of her commonplace books and reflects o... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781869404765
Barcode 9781869404765
Published 8 April 2011 by Auckland University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Smither, Elizabeth
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ISBN-13 9781869404765
ISBN-10 1869404769
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Publisher Auckland University Press
Imprint Auckland University Press
Publication Date 8 April 2011
International Publication Date 1 June 2011
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Smither, Elizabeth
Category Collections & Anthologies Of Various Literary Forms
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 222g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Quotations, English, Smither, Elizabeth
NBS Text Anthologies, Essays, Letters & Miscellaneous
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 808.8
Catalogue Code 158361

Description of this Book

A commonplace book is the repository for a personal collection of quotations and scraps, pensees and poems. In vogue from the late sixteenth-century, their fans include John Milton, W H Auden and now Elizabeth Smither. Here she shares three of her commonplace books and reflects on the quotations she's gathered that act as foil and ballast to her life and writing. There are no platitudes or sententious maxims here; instead the quotations range from the pensive to the screamingly funny; by the great and famous to the little known; from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to Elizabeth Bennet, Charles Simic to Montaigne, Monty Python to Henry James. With diversions serious and more frivolous along the way, The Commonplace Book offers keen insight into the influences and inspirations of a writer. A follow-up to her diary-book The Journal Box (1997), this is Elizabeth Smither - a woman 'too balanced to be a writer' - at her thoughtful, witty, delightful best.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Through 15 volumes of poetry, [Elizabeth Smither] has cultivated a voice and a poetic stance that are unique in New Zealand literature. --Hugh Roberts, New Zealand Listener

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Author's Bio

Distinguished New Zealand writer Elizabeth Smither is the author of five novels, five books of short stories and fifteen books of poetry. She has twice won the major book award for New Zealand poetry and was 2002 Te Mata Poet Laureate. She has held creative writing fellowships and in 2004 she was awarded an honorary DLitt by the University of Auckland and an MNZM. She received the prestigious Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry in 2008. Her most recent books are a novel, Lola (2010), and short-story collection, The Girl Who Proposed (2008).

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