Fifty Fifty
Fifty Fifty

Fifty Fifty

Carcanet’s Jubilee in Letters

Edited by Robyn Marsack

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464 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Paperback, Mobipocket, ebook: EPUB, ebook: PDF

Paperback, $21.99 (US $21.99) (CA $29.99)

Publication Date: February 2020

ISBN 9781784108786

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Overview

 A Book of the Year 2019 in The Morning Star This is a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a small, ambitious press over a period of radical transformation in publishing. Each of Carcanet's fifty years is marked by an exchange of letters - handwritten, typed, and now emailed - between an author and the editor. Beginning in 1969 with the response to an invitation to subscribe to Carcanet for two guineas, the book traces Carcanet's progress and offers insight into the nature of literary editing. At its heart is the personal relationship of author and editor/publisher, the conflicts, friendships and vicissitudes that occur at the nexus between the work, its creator, publisher and reader. Poets are central, but fiction writers, translators, biographers and critics also contribute to the Carcanet ferment and firmament. Fifty Fifty celebrates the writers', readers' and editor's risks, passions and pleasures.

Reviews

"Carcanet's role in our literary culture is both vital and vibrant. The press's seriousness of purpose, eclecticism and internationalism deserve the highest praise and in the world of poetry its status and import are unchallengeable - impossible to imagine literary life in Britain without it." — William Boyd

Author Biography

 Robyn Marsack began her long association with Carcanet Press by editing the first edition of Edmund Blunden's Selected Poems in 1982, and worked as a publishers' editor until she became Director of the Scottish Poetry Library 2000-2016. She was a Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at the University of Glasgow 2016-2018. She has co-edited several poetry anthologies, including OxfordPoets 2013 with Iain Galbraith, and edited Blunden's Fall In, Ghosts: selected war prose, published by Carcanet in 2014.
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