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  • Author:agent Alan Gould http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/gould-alan
Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 The Poet's Stairwell : A Picaresque Novel
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'...with scarcely a disruption to her rhythm, a gaunt Indian woman in purple sari voided the contents of her nostril onto her hand then cast the necklace of silvery substance aside. O, Boon was a proper enough schoolboy, instructed in the use of the British handkerchief, and yet the gaunt woman’s action lodged in my mind, an image repellent, beautiful, troubling.

'Claude Boon and Henry Luck, young poets in quest of their muses, cut a swathe through the cultural capitals and byways of Europe and Asia towards the end of the Cold War.

'The Poets’ Stairwell revitalises the picaresque novel. Vibrant, sensuous and layered, it has a tumble of characters and pranks.

'Anarchist puckish Beamish, the Isadora Duncan-like Eva, class warrior, Branca, a libidinous translator of poems with Jelena, her iconoclast daughter, Luc Courlai a jailed French philosopher, Titus the Yankee acrobat who cradles his gun like a baby, Mr Hark a saintly Irish funeral director, Willi a German truck driver versed in Thomas Aquinas and sensible Rhee, Henry’s girlfriend—amongst others.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fitzroy North, Fitzroy - Collingwood area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Black Pepper , 2015 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 326p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 17th February 2015

      ISBN: 9781876044800

Works about this Work

Alan Gould, The Poets’ Stairwell Kay Hart , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 8 no. 1 2015;

— Review of The Poet's Stairwell : A Picaresque Novel Alan Gould , 2015 single work novel
Adventures across a Literary Landscape Anthony Lynch , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 August 2015; (p. 20-21)

— Review of The Poet's Stairwell : A Picaresque Novel Alan Gould , 2015 single work novel
'The Poets' Stairwell' by Alan Gould Gillian Dooley , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 372 2015; (p. 42)

— Review of The Poet's Stairwell : A Picaresque Novel Alan Gould , 2015 single work novel
On the Road with a Couple of Poets Full of Promise Picaresque Pair Take on the World Peter Pierce , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 April 2015; (p. 25) The Canberra Times , 11 April 2015; (p. 14) The Age , 11 April 2015; (p. 25)

— Review of The Poet's Stairwell : A Picaresque Novel Alan Gould , 2015 single work novel
On the Road with a Couple of Poets Full of Promise Picaresque Pair Take on the World Peter Pierce , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 April 2015; (p. 25) The Canberra Times , 11 April 2015; (p. 14) The Age , 11 April 2015; (p. 25)

— Review of The Poet's Stairwell : A Picaresque Novel Alan Gould , 2015 single work novel
'The Poets' Stairwell' by Alan Gould Gillian Dooley , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 372 2015; (p. 42)

— Review of The Poet's Stairwell : A Picaresque Novel Alan Gould , 2015 single work novel
Adventures across a Literary Landscape Anthony Lynch , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 15-16 August 2015; (p. 20-21)

— Review of The Poet's Stairwell : A Picaresque Novel Alan Gould , 2015 single work novel
Alan Gould, The Poets’ Stairwell Kay Hart , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Transnational Literature , November vol. 8 no. 1 2015;

— Review of The Poet's Stairwell : A Picaresque Novel Alan Gould , 2015 single work novel
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