Planet 234

Luke Thurston reviews
Locating Lynette Roberts: ‘Always observant and slightly obscure’ Edited by Siriol McAvoy

Edited by Siriol McAvoy

University of Wales Press, £24.99

‘How to “place” Lynette Roberts?’ asked Patrick McGuinness in his introduction to the 2005 edition of Roberts’s Collected Poems, with the scare-quotes highlighting the importance and complexity of ‘place’ in the writer’s life and her work. Returning to the same question, Siriol McAvoy now offers Locating Lynette Roberts, with nine essays from leading scholars on Welsh literary modernism and its contexts. These outstanding essays have crucial lessons to teach us on how we map so-called British modernism, and indeed on how we think about so-called British identity, today.

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