Collected Prose / Edition 1

Collected Prose / Edition 1

by Charles Olson, Benjamin Friedlander, Donald M. Allen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520208730

ISBN-13: 9780520208735

Pub. Date: 12/19/1997

Publisher: University of California Press

The prose writings of Charles Olson (1910-1970) have had a far-reaching and continuing impact on post-World War II American poetics. Olson's theories, which made explicit the principles of his own poetics and those of the Black Mountain poets, were instrumental in defining the sense of the postmodern in poetry and form the basis of most postwar free verse. The…  See more details below

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The prose writings of Charles Olson (1910-1970) have had a far-reaching and continuing impact on post-World War II American poetics. Olson's theories, which made explicit the principles of his own poetics and those of the Black Mountain poets, were instrumental in defining the sense of the postmodern in poetry and form the basis of most postwar free verse. The Collected Prose brings together in one volume the works published for the most part between 1946 and 1969, many of which are now out of print. A valuable companion to editions of Olson's poetry, the book backgrounds the poetics, preoccupations, and fascinations that underpin his great poems. Included are Call Me Ishmael, a classic of American literary criticism; the influential essays "Projective Verse" and "Human Universe"; and essays, book reviews, and Olson's notes on his studies. In these pieces one can trace the development of his new science of man, called "muthologos," a radical mix of myth and phenomenology that Olson offered in opposition to the mechanistic discourse and rationalizing policy he associated with America's recent wars in Europe and Asia. Editors Donald Allen and Benjamin Friedlander offer helpful annotations throughout, and poet Robert Creeley, who enjoyed a long and mutually influential relationship with Olson, provides the book's introduction.

Author Biography: Donald Allen was a long-time fri, editor, and publisher of Charles Olson. He has also edited The New American Poetry, 1945-1960, The Collected Poems of Frank O'Hara, and the writings of Lew Welch. He is currently CEO of Grey Fox Press in San Francisco. Benjamin Friedlander is the author of several books of poetry and editor of Area LightsHeights: Writings 1954-1989 by Larry Eigner. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Robert Creeley is Samuel P. Capen Professor of Poetry and the Humanities at the State University of New York, Buffalo.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520208735
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/19/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
382
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Editors' Preface
Introduction
Call Me Ishmael1
On Melville, Dostoevsky, Lawrence, and Pound107
David Young, David Old109
The Materials and Weights of Herman Melville113
Equal, That Is, to the Real Itself120
Dostoevsky and The Possessed126
D. H. Lawrence and the High Temptation of the Mind135
The Escaped Cock138
This Is Yeats Speaking141
GrandPa, GoodBye145
Human Universe153
Human Universe155
Footnote to HU (lost in the shuffle)167
The Gate and the Center168
The Resistance174
Cy Twombly175
Proprioception179
Place; & Names200
"you can't use words ..."202
The Present Is Prologue203
"The Present Is Prologue"205
Stocking Cap208
Mr. Meyer213
The Post Office217
Poetry and Poets237
Projective Verse239
Letter to Elaine Feinstein250
"On Poets and Poetry"253
Notes on Language and Theater256
Against Wisdom as Such260
Theocritus265
A Foot Is to Kick With269
Quantity in Verse, and Shakespeare's Late Plays270
Introduction to Robert Creeley283
Robert Creeley's For Love: Poems 1950-1960285
Paterson, Book V288
"Ed Sanders' Language"291
Space and Time293
Introduction to The Sutter-Marshall Lease295
A Bibliography on America for Ed Dorn297
Billy the Kid311
Brooks Adams' The New Empire315
Captain John Smith318
Five Foot Four, but Smith Was a Giant322
The Contours of American History324
The Vinland Map Review326
Other Essays, Notes, and Reviews337
Ernst Robert Curtius339
It Was, But It Ain't342
Homer and Bible345
Bill Snow349
A House Built by Capt. John Somes 1763351
The Advantage of Literacy Is That Words Can Be on the Page353
Review of Eric A. Havelock's Preface to Plato355
A Further Note on the Critical Advantages of Eric Havelock's Preface to Plato359
Statement for the Cambridge magazine360
A comprehension (a measure, that361
"Clear Shining Water," De Vries says364
What's Back There367
The Animate versus the Mechanical, and Thought368
Continuing Attempt to Pull the Taffy off the Roof of the Mouth373
Abbreviations375
A Note on Olson's Sources377
Editors' Notes379
Index465

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