Rimbaud—a mythic name—his life as extraordinary as his work was influential Dr. Starkie, a lecturer in French literature at Oxford, has devoted many years of. LibraryThing Review. User Review – – LibraryThing. A justly famous biography that captures the essence of Rimbaud. Starkie is especially good at. In her biography of Rimbaud, Enid Starkie theorises that he discovered his sexuality after he was raped by soldiers. For Rimbaud, this.
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Starkie was born in KillineyCo. She was the eldest daughter of Rt.
The academic Walter Starkie was her brother. When she was two years of age her father accepted the post of Resident Commissioner of Education for Ireland.
Arthur Rimbaud by Enid Starkie
In Edwardian Dublin her upbringing was steeped in studies. Her father hired a French governess, Leonie Cora, to tutor his children in French and music.
The children became imbued with everything French, from cooking to Le Staekie catalogues. Enid wrote, “My French governess never stopped talking of France, fnid she talked with all the nostalgia of the exile. Cora had been a pupil of the French pianist and composer Raoul Pugnoand Enid learnt to play the piano, going on to win second medal for two years in succession at Feis Ceoilthe annual music festival in Dublin.
Starkie read Modern Languages at Oxford and obtained a First in Her biography of Baudelaire was for many English readers their first introduction to the poet. She also played a major part in establishing the poetic reputation of Arthur Rimbaudreceiving the first doctorate to be given in the Faculty of Modern Languages for her work Rimbaud in Abyssinia. Snid published two major volumes on Flaubert In she campaigned successfully to have the quinquennially elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford be a practising poet rather than a critic.
She argued that “the Chair ought to go to someone outside the University, to someone who would not otherwise be heard in Oxford. There were enough people already engaged in talking about poetry as critics, indeed too many.
Lewis was defeated by Cecil Day-Lewis in the first subsequent election. She also campaigned successfully for W.
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AudenRobert Gravesand Edmund Blunden in subsequent elections for the Chair, leading one critic to complain that, “This was a serious academic affair until Dr. Starkie turned it into something like the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.
She was honoured as an officer of the Legion d’honneur inand as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in Many people regarded her as eccentric. An article in Time magazine portrayed her as “a brilliant Rimbaud scholar who pub-crawls about Oxford in bright red slacks and beret while ennid cigars.
My wife is the novelist, Shirley Hazzardand I always wonder when Enid will appear in one of her books.
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