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Fiona Sampson


Fiona Sampson

Fiona Sampson has been published in more than 30 languages. She has 12 books in translation, and has received the Zlaten Prsten (Macedonia), the Charles Angoff Award (US) and been shortlisted for the Evelyn Encelot Prize for European Women Poets. Her publications include 27 volumes of poetry, criticism and philosophy of language.

From 2005-2012 Sampson was the Editor of Poetry Review; she is now Editor of Poem and Professor of Poetry at the University of Roehampton, where she is the Director of the Roehampton Poetry Centre. She’s also a Fellow and Council Member of the Royal Society of Literature, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of the English Association and Trustee of the Wordsworth Trust.

Sampson has received the Newdigate Prize, the Cholmondeley Award, a Hawthornden Fellowship, Kathleen Blundell and Oppenheimer-John Downes Awards from the Society of Authors, a number of Writer’s Awards from both the English and the Welsh Arts Councils, and various Poetry Book Society commendations. She has been shortlisted twice for both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Forward Prizes.

Recent books include a new edition of PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY for Faber and COLESHILL (poems) for Chatto. Her SELECTED POEMS have recently appeared in the US (Sheep Meadow, 2013), China (2014) and Romania (2015). Editions of her poetry in Ukrainian and Serbian are planned for autumn 2015.

Her latest collection, THE CATCH (Chatto), was released in 2016, as was LYRIC COUSINS: MUSICAL FORM IN POETRY (Edinburgh University Press) with both receiving critical acclaim.

Her exploration of LIMESTONE COUNTRY (Little Toller Books) was published in June 2017.

Her new book, IN SEARCH OF MARY SHELLEY: THE GIRL WHO WROTE FRANKENSTEIN (Profile Books) will be released in 2018 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein.

Fiona Sampson

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by Fiona Sampson - Biography, Nonfiction

We know the facts of Mary Shelley’s life in some detail. But there has been no literary biography written this century, and previous books have ignored the real person, despite the fact that Mary and her group of second-generation Romantics were extremely interested in the psychological aspect of life. In this probing narrative, Fiona Sampson pursues Mary Shelley through her turbulent life, much as Victor Frankenstein tracked his monster across the arctic wastes. Sampson has written a book that finally answers the question of how it was that a 19-year-old came to write a novel so dark, mysterious, anguished and psychologically astute that it continues to resonate two centuries later.