Join author and professor emeritus David R. Ewbank for the launch of his new book, The Lamb Cycle, at Kent State University!
In The Lamb Cycle, David Ewbank achieves the unthinkable—he writes so convincingly in the style of the great English poets that one could be lulled into thinking that Shakespeare himself was inspired to muse upon the subject of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” Ewbank captures not only the style of each of the poets he chooses, but also their preoccupations and subject matter. So D.H. Lawrence’s Mary longs for her lamb as any woman longing for her lover, whilst T.S. Eliot’s Mary is recollected by an old man looking back on his life. Alexander Pope writes an “An Essay on Lambs,” and Tennyson’s lotus eaters become “The Clover Eater.” Brilliantly written, sophisticated, and laugh-out-loud funny, these poems, enhanced by Kate Feiffer’s charming illustrations, will enchant anyone who has ever read an English poem.
David R. Ewbank is professor emeritus of English literature at Kent State University. He has authored the novel A Distant Summer and a collection of parodies Fairy Tales for Adults, famous stories as they might have been written by classic American authors. He also served as co-editor of the multivolume collection The Complete Works of Robert Browning.