Paul Muldoon: The Castle of Perseverance

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A collaboration with artist Philip Pearlstein.

This event takes place at the British Library.

On a rare visit to London, one of our finest poets, Paul Muldoon, introduces and reads from The Castle of Perseverance, a new and beautifully-conceived artist’s book that pairs sparkling new sequences of his poems with watercolours by the eminent American painter Philip Pearlstein (1924 – 2022), long revered as one of the modern masters of figurative art.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet matches his words and ideas to Pearlstein’s images of terracotta objects and fragments of gods, goddesses, and demons from ancient cultures.

Copies of The Castle of Perseverance (Enitharmon Editions) will be on sale on the night.

Half Price tickets are available for Members, Students, Under 26 and other concession groups.

Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland and since 1987, has lived in the USA, where he is now Howard G.B. Clark ’21 Professor at Princeton University and Founding Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. Muldoon is the author of 14 full-length collections of poetry, including Howdie-Skelp (2021), Frolic and Detour (2019), One Thousand Things Worth Knowing (2015), Maggot (2010), Horse Latitudes (2006), Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), Hay (1998), The Annals of Chile (1994), Madoc: A Mystery (1990), Meeting the British (1987), Quoof (1983), Why Brownlee Left (1980), Mules (1977) and New Weather (1973). He has also published innumerable smaller collections, works of criticism, opera libretti, books for children, song lyrics, and radio and television drama. His poetry has been translated into 20 languages.

He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2008 was elected a Member of the American Academy in Arts and Letters. Among his awards are the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Irish Times Poetry Prize, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, the Griffin International Prize, the European Prize for Poetry, the Shakespeare Prize and the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He has been described by the Times Literary Supplement as ‘the most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War.’

Philip Pearlstein was born in Pittsburgh, PA, in 1924 and died shortly before Christmas 2022 at the age of 98. He worked as a graphic designer for Life Magazine before becoming an instructor at the Pratt Institute, and then a professor at Brooklyn College; he has also served as a visiting artist at several prestigious institutions throughout the country. His work has been exhibited in several solo exhibitions throughout the United States with paintings in the collections of over 70 public art museums. Pearlstein served as a President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters from 2003 to 2006.

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Name: Paul Muldoon: The Castle of Perseverance
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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