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Felix Dennis LOVE OF A KIND First Edition Signed Poetry

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First edition, first print hardback of A Book of New Poems, published by Ebury Press in 2013. Signed and inscribed by Felix Dennis on the title page. Full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2. Includes audio CD
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First edition, first print hardback of LOVE, OF A KIND: A Book of New Poems, by Felix Dennis. Published by Ebury Press, London, in 2013. Signed and inscribed by Felix Dennis on the title page. Full numberline 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 on the copyright page. With 66 illustrations by Eric Gill. Book and cover design by Rebecca Jezzard and cover illustration by Bill Sanderson. It includes a bookmark and a sealed audio CD with all poems read by Felix himself attached inside the back cover.

The book is in near fine condition (Clean black cloth boards with silver lettering and decoration on the front and silver lettering on the spine) with only minor wear to the illustrated dust jacket, which is not price clipped (light creasing to the edges). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no other inscriptions.

Publisher and poet Felix Dennis was one of Britain's most colourful maverick millionaires. Imprisoned in 1971 as co-editor of OZ magazine and acquitted on appeal, he founded his own magazine publishing company in 1973 and made millions with the sale of Personal Computer World and MacUser in the mid-eighties.

Today, Dennis Publishing remains a privately owned company with headquarters in London and New York City. Titles include The Week, Auto Express, Maxim, Men's Fitness and Computer Shopper. Following a life-threatening illness, his first collection of poetry, A Glass Half Full was published and the second, Lone Wolf, in 2004.

Eight more collections followed, accompanied by sell-out reading tours on both sides of the Atlantic. The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection is awarded yearly, as part of the Forward Prizes for Poetry.

As a lover of trees, his lifetime ambition was the planting of a large native broadleaf forest in Warwickshire. He had homes in England, the USA, St Vincent and the Grenadines and died of cancer in June 2014 at his home in Warwickshire.

"Love, Of A Kind was compiled and partly written under the illusion of a sentence of death. Diagnosed with cancer of the throat in January 2012, Felix Dennis responded by selecting, revising and writing poems for what he believed would be his last book. His themes are love, life, death and taking stock.

Following successful radical surgery and radiotherapy, he is now in remission, once again engaged in a life filled with poetry, live performance, the planting of trees and the getting of money. As the late Robert Woof, Director of the Wordsworth Trust, once observed: ‘You feel he lived it so richly, so dangerously, to be so wise for our delight.’

Dennis’s legions of fans will be delighted with a sulphurous collection of poems that pulls no punches, makes no excuses and seems ever ready to spit in the eye of mortality; poems that Shirley Conran has said ‘invoke sorrow as fast as regret, pain as readily as passion, and love as tenderly as murderous rage’.

Here is the seventh book of verse from a writer one instinctively feels is at the peak of his creative powers, one the American critic and novelist Tom Wolfe describes as ‘the best poet writing in the English language.’"

'Felix Dennis is the real thing. I love reading his verse and you will, too.' - Stephen Fry

'His poetry sings like a summer breeze through the fairground.' - Sir Paul McCartney

'He writes the most profound poetry about the most simple natural things' - Benjamin Zephaniah

'Marvellous stuff...the best poet writing in the English language.' - Tom Wolfe

'He is the very essence of English poetry - lyrical, rhythmic, emotional.' - Jon Snow

'The uncrowned Poet Laureate...he writes in the language of the soul.' - Christopher Rush

173 pages. Illustrated with black & white drawings.

ISBN: 9780091951849

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  • Condition:
    Used
  • Product Code:
    2669
  • Weight:
    0.83kg