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Whittemore has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in the literary arts. Author of 20 books in various genres, he here recounts the milestones in a reticent, very gentlemanly way. While at Yale in the late 1930s, Whittemore founded Furioso, a poetry journal heavily influenced by Ezra Pound that championed modernist poetry early on. After serving in World War II, he was the consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, taught in Minnesota and Maryland, worked as a literary editor and reviewer for the New Republic, and took on writing multiple books. During his career as an editor, publisher, and poet, he's spent time with a list of impressive writers. Instead of writing a first-person narrative, the author opts to write in the third person using an alter ego "R." Using an alter ego is, at best, coy and, at worst, annoying, which makes a potentially interesting and worthy subject dull and duller. Recommended for academic libraries as interest warrants.