In addition to her 11 novels, Winterson has produced a wide range of other writing including short stories, essays on art and culture, children’s fiction, adaptations for the stage and the screen, original play-scripts, journalism, and writing for her website jeanettewinterson.com. In fact, the only genre she has not attempted would appear to be poetry. Given that her work is often described by critics and by Winterson herself as intensely ‘poetic’, this may seem surprising. Winterson explains this apparent anomaly by admitting that ‘Poetry is the thing that matters to me more than anything else. […] But I don’t write it because I have decided that my experiment is to use those poetic disciplines and work them against the stretchiness of narrative’ (Winterson, 2005, p. 10). As she states, it is words that matter most to Winterson and it is her love of language that she seeks to communicate whatever medium she happens to be working in.
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