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Lavinia Greenlaw was born in London, where she has lived for most of her life. Her poetry includes The Casual Perfect and Minsk, which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot, Forward and Whitbread Prizes. She has also published novels? and two works of non-fiction: The Importance of Music to Girls and Questions of Travel: William Morris in Iceland. A Double Sorrow was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, and she has also received a NESTA fellowship and the Ted Hughes Award, among other honors. Her interest in image-making and questions of perception, both central to Troilus and Criseyde, led to her studying seventeenth-century Dutch art at the Courtauld Institute and becoming the first artist-in-residence at the Science Museum.
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