After the Lost War: A Narrative

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Andrew Hudgins imagines himself in the life of a now largely forgotten poet, Sidney Lanier, who served as a soldier for the Confederacy.

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Overview

Andrew Hudgins imagines himself in the life of a now largely forgotten poet, Sidney Lanier, who served as a soldier for the Confederacy.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Verse this may be, but it is at the same time a historical novel if not a fictional biography,'' remarked PW about this account of Civil War veteran, poet and musician Sidney Lanier . ``As a marriage of poetry and fiction, this highly readable narrative combines the best of both forms into an intensely moving history . . . an epic achievement.'' (June)
Library Journal
A long sequence of poems based on the life of a largely forgotten 19th-century Southern poet seems at first an academic, if not pedantic, exercise; but Hudgins's portrayal of Sidney Lanier vibrates with an emotional and intellectual vitality its subject would envy. On the framework of external eventsLanier's Civil War experiences, marriage, fatherhood, illnessHudgins constructs a philosophical narrative, the inner struggle of one mind to make sense of the ``strange, impersonal violences/that nature gives us.'' Free of the sentimentality and archaisms too often present in Lanier's own poems, these deft tetrameter lines may well outlast the ones that inspired them.Fred Muratori, Cornell University Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395457122
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1988
  • Pages: 144

Meet the Author

ANDREW HUDGINS is the author of seven books of poems, including Saints and Strangers , The Glass Hammer , and most recently Ecstatic in the Poison . A finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, he is a recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as the Harper Lee Award. He currently teaches in the Department of English at Ohio State University.

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