Penelope Shuttle

(b. 1947)

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(1947– ),

poet and novelist, born in Staines, Middlesex. Her first volume of poetry was The Orchard Upstairs (1980), and it was followed by several others, including Adventures with My Horse (1988), Taxing the Rain (1992), and Selected Poems 1980–1996 (1998). Her poetry is distinguished by a rich, sensuous awareness of sexuality and the natural and animal world: her use of female imagery is arresting and celebratory. Her novels include Wailing Monkey Embracing a Tree (1973). She collaborated in several works with her husband, Peter Redgrove, whose life she celebrates in her collection Redgrove's Wife (2006).

Subjects: Literature.

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