Clear, precise, graceful...(Atlas') biographical style makes the book read with the pleasure of a good novel.Leonard Michaels, The New York Times Book Review
Library JournalLJ's reviewer dubbed this portrait of the artist a "readable, gossipy case study" (LJ 11/15/77). It follows Schwartz's life and career from his early writing, which showed great promise, to his death at age 52. A few of his poetry and story collections remain in print, but Schwartz has become an obscure figure of literature, making this more for academic collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Charles McGrath....In a style clear, precise and graceful this book reads with the pleasure of a good novel.
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Leonard MichaelsClear, precise, graceful…[Atlas's] biographical style makes the book read with the pleasure of a good novel.
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Dwight MacDonaldDelmore was a close friend for twenty years and I thought I knew him fairly well until I read James Atlas. This is a distinguished critical biography, brilliantly evaluating Delmore oeuvre and sensibly relating it to his life.
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I read the first edition of this book at the recommendation of a friend. I had asked him about a time frame of a book I am working on about my days in the White Horse and the West Village. I had lived in the same loft as Delmore and Victoria for about four months. In the book it was described as rather slumish place in the meat packing district. I had watched Delmore's pill taking ritual with the fascination of a 19 year old Southerner new to New York. The loft was not a slum, it belonged to the day bartender at the White Horse, Eddie Anderson. Delmore, who I thought looked like a gargoyle, had given me all his books. I loved Successful Love and Other Stories the best. This book was a shock! I knew little of his life before 1960, just what he had told me. After his death his life's work disappeared. There are three major universities where I live and not one of his books are to be found. I asked a few lit. profs. I know and I was looked at as if I were speaking of an alien. I am the age now, that Delmore was then. One of the pre-beat poets. I always respected him and I liked him. I did not know him at the end, but I wish knew his past as James Atlas writes of it, when I was in his present. I would have asked more questions, if possible. I loved to hear his stories.