Between the Lines: A History of Poetry in Letters, 1962-2002

Between the Lines: A History of Poetry in Letters, 1962-2002

by Joseph Parisi
     
 

Here are the best of letters written to and from the editors of Poetry magazine (which T. S. Eliot called "an American institution") from 1962 through 2002, affording the reader a first-person account of the second revolution in American poetry. Virtually all of the more than five hundred letters have never been printed before.See more details below

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Here are the best of letters written to and from the editors of Poetry magazine (which T. S. Eliot called "an American institution") from 1962 through 2002, affording the reader a first-person account of the second revolution in American poetry. Virtually all of the more than five hundred letters have never been printed before.

Editorial Reviews

California Bookwatch
Fascinating reading.
Choice
These volumes present the formation of an enormously important strain of literary judgement in 20th-century American poetry.
Grand Forks Herald
A rich cultural history of the creative process.
Booklist
Poetry lovers will be thrilled with the...distinctive...poets...represented here in letters candid, shrewd, funny, and venomous.
— Donna Seaman
CHOICE
These volumes present the formation of an enormously important strain of literary judgement in 20th-century American poetry.
Kay Ryan
Reading Between the Lines is so much fun it feels wrong.
Virginian-Pilot - Beth Hester
Reading Between the Lines is a lot like dipping into your older sister's diary—you feel vaguely guilty, but the entires are so compelling you quickly get over it...this book is a particularly good read.
Booklist - Donna Seaman
Poetry lovers will be thrilled with the...distinctive...poets...represented here in letters candid, shrewd, funny, and venomous.
Virginian-Pilot
Reading Between the Lines is a lot like dipping into your older sister's diary—you feel vaguely guilty, but the entires are so compelling you quickly get over it...this book is a particularly good read.
— Beth Hester
Georgia Review
. . . the range of epistolary tones and timbres, moods and manias here is deep, broad, and well-nigh bewildering.
—Fred Chappell
Library Journal
These letters to the editors of Poetry magazine show the history of Poetry to be as exciting and tumultuous as the times in which the letters were written. Virtually every prominent American poet-and some from England and Ireland-from the last half of the 20th century wrote to Poetry to submit their poems, put in a good word for friends, or excoriate their enemies. Parisi, the magazine's former editor, and Young (program director, Poetry Fdn.), its former senior editor, have compiled more than 500 of these letters and illustrated them with photographs, drawings, posters, programs, and newspaper and magazine clippings. Money is a recurring theme-the magazine was never financially stable, and the poets (being poets) were always broke. When Poetry finally received a whopping $100 million endowment, lively debate ensued as to whether it deserved such a contribution and what its collaborators should do with the money. This is a continuation of the saga of Poetry magazine begun in Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters, The First Fifty Years: 1912-1962, also edited by Parisi and Young. Highly recommended for all libraries.-Amy K. Weiss, Univ. of California Lib., Santa Barbara Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566636568
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.25(d)

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