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Contents

Acknowledgements

Preface ix xi

PART I

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1: Beginnings: Oxford and Cambridge Poetry in the Early 1950s

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2: Violent Times: Anti-Movement Poetry in the

Mid to Late 1950s

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3: In Opposite Directions: A. Alvarez and Thom Gunn 29 4: Against Gentility 45 5: On Being Serious 59 6: Anthology-Making 71 7: First Reactions: The Review Debate and the Initial esponse to The New Poetry

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PART II

8: Sylvia Plath

PART III

9: Going to Extremes

10: ‘A Study of Suicide’

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