The Roots That Clutch

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 The Roots That Clutch tells the haunting true-story about how a young woman discovered through her PhD research on T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound that her grandmother had had an affair with the other great American Modernist, William Carlos Williams. She also discovers that her father may be the biological child of Williams.

The story is told through the experiences of the author’s persona, Jane. Written as a Bildungsroman, the novel takes place at universities and manuscript libraries in Europe and the United States over the span of 21 years. The unmistakable themes of betrayal, destiny and poetic justice are woven into the tapestry of the novel. Though as a student she is constantly the victim of academic politics and betrayals between professors, Jane is supported by a few well-connected scholars who believe her innate insight into poetry could offer vastly new perspectives in the field.

Despite the never-ending struggle to continue, Jane is pushed along by an unquenchable hunch that she must not give up. As Jane slowly unravels the poetic connections between Eliot, Pound and their immediate late-nineteenth century British predecessors, she stumbles upon Eliot’s unpublished letters to Pound. Jane soon discovers that betrayal is not only an academic’s trade secret, but also a poet’s. 

Then, her father decides she should have a family heirloom that was her grandmother’s. It contains an inscription from Williams in it, who like Jane, had always distrusted T.S. Eliot.

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 © 2013 Şehrazad Ayşe Uslu

Author: Şehrazad Ayşe Uslu

Editor: Jan Martin

Editor: Susan Polstra

Cover photo: Askin Tulay Over, iStockphoto

Graphic design: Puntspatie [bno], Amsterdam

When the copyright of an illustration used in this book is known, the appropriate permission has been sought. When it has not been possible to contact the individual or organization to acknowledge their copyright, the individual or organization claiming copyright would be requested to contact the publisher of this book.

Disclaimer: This story is (partly) based on actual events and the lives of actual persons. However, in certain cases characters or events may be composites, or entirely fictitious. The author and the publisher do not assume and hereby disclaim any liability to any party.

isbn paperback edition: 978-90-821468-1-3

isbn Amazon Kindle format: 978-90-821468-2-0

isbn Pdf with digital watermark: 978-90-821468-3-7

isbn Epub, digital watermark, download: 978-90-821468-0-6

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