Warning: When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

Warning: When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

Warning: When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

Voted Britain’s best-loved poem by viewers of BBC TV’s Bookworm, this perennial favorite with its declaration of defiance against convention appeals to all those with a secret desire to throw off the strictures of propriety and set out deliberately to shock and be outrageous. It sums up this wish perfectly with its pronouncement: "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple/With a red hat that doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me/I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired/And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells.” Reprinted here as a gift book with line drawings by Pythia Ashton-Jewell, this edition of the classic is ideal both for those who know and love the poem and for those who have yet to relish its gleeful anticipation.

"Would make a wonderful gift" -- The Newton Kansan

...changed the face of aging for women in the United States. -- Sandra Martz, founding editor and former publisher of Papier-Mache Press and consummate

About the Author

Jenny Joseph won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her narrative in prose...

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