Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century

Overview

The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century contains over 400 entries that treat a broad range of individual poets and poems, along with many articles devoted to topics,
schools, or periods of American verse in the century. Entries fall into three main categories: poet entries, which provide biographical and cultural contexts for the author's career; entries on individual works, which offer closer explication of the most resonant poems in the 20th-century canon; ...

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Overview

The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century contains over 400 entries that treat a broad range of individual poets and poems, along with many articles devoted to topics,
schools, or periods of American verse in the century. Entries fall into three main categories: poet entries, which provide biographical and cultural contexts for the author's career; entries on individual works, which offer closer explication of the most resonant poems in the 20th-century canon; and topical entries, which offer analyses of a given period of literary production, school, thematically constructed category, or other verse tradition that historically has been in dialogue with the poetry of the United States.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Concise and well-written essays." Choice

"A valuable tool for students interested in 20th-century American poetry." Booklist/RBB

From the Publisher
"Concise and well-written essays." Choice

"A valuable tool for students interested in 20th-century American poetry." Booklist/RBB

Library Journal
This new encyclopedia is a companion to Haralson's well-received Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (LJ 10/1/98). Like its predecessor, this new volume focuses on individual poets, "landmark" poems (e.g., "Howl," "The Waste Land"), and topics such as the "Black Mountain School," "Imagism," and "Light Verse." The almost 200 contributors include professors, Ph.D. candidates, writers, and school teachers. The signed articles provide biographical information and critical discussion of the literary and historical significance of each poet, excellent bibliographies of both works and criticism, and suggestions for further reading in the topics entries. Both a general index and a title index are included. Though in its biographical and critical aspects this work overlaps heavily with the Dictionary of Literary Biography and American Writers, those multivolume sets do not provide encyclopedic coverage of topics and are more expensive than this single, though very large, volume. By the same token, the coverage here is much more comprehensive than is possible in, for example, the Oxford Companion to American Literature (Oxford Univ., 1995. 6th ed.). This encyclopedia is thus an excellent choice for any college or public library.DPeter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This reference contains around 400 entries on 20th-century American poets, poems, and related topics. Entries on individual poets include a critical treatment of the poet's achievements, biographical information, and a list of published books of poetry as well as other writings. Entries on important poems are found immediately following the information on their authors and include a close reading of the work which places it in historical and biographical context. Each entry contains cross-references and suggestions for further reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415890779
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/30/2014
  • Pages: 866
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 1.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Haralson is Associate Professor at the Department of English, Stony Brook University, USA.
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Table of Contents

Selected entries: Maya Angelou, Anthologies, Textbooks and Canon Formation, Asian American Poetry, W.H. Auden, Beat Poetry, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Confessional Poetry, e.e. Cummings, Dada, T. S. Eliot, Expatriate Poetry, Experimental/Avant Garde Poetry, Robert Frost, Gay and Lesbian Poetry, Harlem Renaissance, Robert Hass, H.D., Hispanic American Poetry, Langston Hughes, Imagism, Galway Kinnell, Vachel Lindsey, Literary theory and poetry, Midwestern Poetry Renaissance, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Modernism, Vladimir Nabokov, Native American Poetry, New Criticism, New York School, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Performance Poetry, Prizes, John Crowe Ransom, Religion and Poetry, Adrienne Rich, W.D. Snodgrass, Jean Toomer, War and Anti-War Poetry, Louis Zukofsky
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