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Joyce Mansour was born in England to a Jewish family of Syrian descent who moved to Egypt when she was still an infant. She learned to speak and write in French when she married her second husband, a Francophone Egyptian, and was exiled to Paris when Nasser came to power. Mansour was part of the inner circle of Surrealists, a close friend of André Breton, and the most significant poet to join the group after World War II. She wrote 16 books of poetry, as well as prose works and plays. She lived in Paris, France until her death in 1986.

Emerald Wounds: Selected Poems of Joyce Mansour 2024 Longlist

City Lights Publishers, USA