Ruth Fainlight

(b. 1931)

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(1931– ),

poet and translator, born in New York, but for many years resident in England. Her first collection, Cages (1966), displays her distinctively cool, ironic voice, and shows some affinity with the tone of Robert Graves, whom she and her husband, Alan Sillitoe, knew in their early years together in Majorca. Other volumes include To See the Matter Clearly (1968), The Region's Violence (1973), Another Full Moon (1976), Sibyls and Others (1980), Fifteen to Infinity (1983), This Time of Year (1993), Sugar‐Paper Blue (1997), Burning Wire (2002), and Moon Wheels (2006). Her topics are both domestic and global: she combines the personal and the austerely detached, and excels at the uncanny casual moment of recognition.

Subjects: Literature.

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