Greta Bel­la­macina

Black Un­der Heaven

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and a car that gave them the op­por­tu­nity to visit the Ever­glades. Emp­son en­joyed teach­ing his Modern English Po­etry course. Un­for­tu­nately he also ex­pe­ri­enced the omi­nous on­set of ill­ness that cur­tailed his drink­ing, man­i­fest­ing it­self firstly in back­ache. It was the end of Amer­ica.

Michael Wood, in On Emp­son (2017), rightly ob­serves that, de­spite his pub­lic dis­avowals, Emp­son is con­nected with ‘all the ma­jor modern move­ments of crit­i­cism and the­ory’ be­cause ‘his pre­oc­cu­pa­tions are cen­tral to any sort of on­go­ing thought about lit­er­a­ture’. Amer­ica, which con­stantly in­dulged him and had been well re­warded for it, had recog­nised this early.

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