Elizabeth Smart’s passionate fictional account of her intense love-affair with the poet George Barker, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept, was described by Angela Carter as ‘a masterpiece … like Madame Bovary blasted by lightning’.
Originally published in 1945, this remarkable book is now widely identified as a classic work of poetic prose which, seven decades later, has retained all of its searing poignancy, beauty and power of impact.
This month, ‘Fresh’ gives us a chance to bring you the amazing new content that we’ve got planned for the year. Not only do we want to focus on our fresh new authors, our fresh food, or our upcoming books for 2015, but we want to take a look at our new covers. For ‘Fresh Look’, we’ll be asking about the old covers that are being given new life. We spoke to cover designer Jo Walker about the re-issue of ‘By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept’ by Elizabeth Smart.
‘It was suggested by the editor that we concentrate on the classic photos of Grand Central Station that are so iconic. The beauty of these images is the light and scale of the station, the people look so tiny and the station so impressive. I found some of these images and tried a few different approaches. Read more…
Welcome to WOM4N, a month where we at 4th Estate give thanks to our female and feminist writers. Over the next 31 days we’ll be posting some brilliant female focused content including pieces on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of the upcoming (and completely dazzling Beyonce quoted) ‘We Should All Be Feminists’, competitions and blogs on everybody’s favourite girl Lena Dunham, author of Not That Kind of Girl, and Sali Hughes, our new best friend and straight talking beauty companion. There’ll be some soft (and hard) porn posts on the works of Nicki Gemmell, an exploration of the short story, as well as some delicious and exciting female #Foodfrom4th posts.