Time's Fool: A Tale in Verse (Paperback)

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Time's Fool tells the tale of Edmund Lea, a young man condemned to eternity alone until he determines how to lift the curse upon him. Edmund perpetually rides a phantom train -- except on Christmas Eve every seven years, when he is allowed to revisit his English hometown. He tries to break the spell by way of love, repentance, and death -- all in vain. Time passes, from 1970 to 2019, but Edmund remains seventeen, unable to age but watching the world grow older. Infused with a dark humor and an almost unbearable nostalgia, Time's Fool is a brilliant achievement, "classic yet hip, stylized yet inventive" (Scotsman).

About the Author

Glyn Maxwell is the author of several books of poetry, including The Sugar Mile. He is also a dramatist whose plays have been staged in New York, Edinburgh, and London. Among other honors, he has won the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the E. M. Forster Prize. He was the poetry editor of the New Republic from 2001 to 2007.

Praise For…

"Glyn Maxwell has learned to do what all good poets do -- he makes a world fresh again, a world you never knew existed." --William Logan, NEW CRITERION

“Maxwell has the dramatist’s skill to set his characters in motion and orchestrate them . . . and the poet’s knack for rhythmical pathos.”


“Beautiful and moving and authentic poetry can be written today; and we know this not least because Glyn Maxwell is writing it."

New Republic —

Product Details
ISBN: 9780618257560
ISBN-10: 061825756X
Publisher: Ecco
Publication Date: September 24th, 2002
Pages: 416
Language: English