Based on real events in Epping Forest on the edge of London around 1840, The Quickening Maze centres on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare After years struggling with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, Clare finds himself in High Beach Private Asylum an institution run on reformist principles which would later become known as occupationalBased on real events in Epping Forest on the edge of London around 1840, The Quickening Maze centres on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare After years struggling with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, Clare finds himself in High Beach Private Asylum an institution run on reformist principles which would later become known as occupational therapy At the same time another poet, the young Alfred Tennyson, moves nearby and becomes entangled in the life and catastrophic schemes of the asylum s owner, the peculiar, charismatic Dr Matthew Allen.For John Clare, a man who had grown up steeped in the freedoms and exhilarations of nature, who thought the edge of the world was a day s walk away , a locked door is a kind of death This intensely lyrical novel describes his vertiginous fall, through hallucinatory episodes of insanity and dissolving identity, towards his final madness.Historically accurate, but brilliantly imagined, the closed world of High Beach and its various inmates the doctor, his lonely daughter in love with Tennyson, the brutish staff and John Clare himself are brought vividly to life Outside the walls is Nature, and Clare s paradise the birds and animals, the gypsies living in the forest his dream of home, of redemption, of escape Rapturous yet precise, exquisitely written, rich in character and detail, this is a remarkable and deeply affecting book a visionary novel which contains a world.
The Quickening Maze Based on real events in Epping Forest on the edge of London around The Quickening Maze centres on the first incarceration of the great nature poet John Clare After years struggling with alcohol
Title: The Quickening Maze
Author: Adam Foulds
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Adam Foulds born 1974 is a British novelist and poet.He was educated at Bancroft s School, read English at St Catherine s College, Oxford under Craig Raine, and graduated with an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in 2001 Foulds published The Truth About These Strange Times, a novel, in 2007 This won a Betty Trask Award The novel, which is set in the present day, is concerned in part with the World Memory Championships, and earned him the title of Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year The report of this in The Sunday Times included the information that he had previously worked as a fork lift truck driver.In 2008 Foulds published a substantial narrative poem entitled The Broken Word, described by the critic Peter Kemp as a verse novella It is a fictional version of some events during the Mau Mau Uprising Writing in The Guardian, David Wheatley suggested that The Broken Word is a moving and pitiless depiction of the world as it is rather than as we might like it to be, and the terrible things we do to defend our place in it The book was short listed for the 2008 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 6 and won the poetry prize in the Costa Book Awards In 2009 Foulds was again shortlisted for the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and won a Somerset Maugham Award.In 2009 his novel The Quickening Maze was shortlisted for the Booker Prize Recommending the work in a books of the year survey, acclaimed novellist Julian Barnes declared Having last year greatly admired Adam Foulds s long poem The Broken Word, I uncharitably wondered whether his novel The Quickening Maze Cape might allow me to tacitly advise him to stick to verse Some hope this story of the Victorian lunatic asylum where the poet John Clare and Tennyson s brother Septimus were incarcerated is the real thing It s not a poetic novel either, but a novelistic novel, rich in its understanding and representation of the mad, the sane, and that large overlapping category in between.On 7th January 2010 he was published on the Guardian Website s Over by Over OBO coverage of day five of the Third Test of the South Africa v England series at Newlands, Cape Town Fould s published email corrected the OBO writer, Andy Bull, who, in the 77th over, posted lines by Donne in reference to Ian Ronald Bell in verse form No doubt I won t be the first pedant to let you know that the Donne you quote is in fact from a prose meditation The experiment in retrofitting twentieth century free verse technique to it is interesting but the line breaks shouldn t really be there.