Herbert Woodward Martin and the African American Tradition in Poetry [NOOK Book]

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Herbert Woodward Martin is a prize-winning poet and performer, an actor and playwright, a singer and opera librettist, a professor, and a scholar. Born in Alabama in 1933 Martin and his family moved to Toledo, Ohio, when Herbert was twelve years old. His parents appreciated literature and music and saw to it that their young son was immersed in the arts. Martin began to write poetry during his undergraduate years at the University of Toledo, from which he graduated in 1964. Herbert Woodward Martin and the African...
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Herbert Woodward Martin and the African American Tradition in Poetry

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Overview

Herbert Woodward Martin is a prize-winning poet and performer, an actor and playwright, a singer and opera librettist, a professor, and a scholar. Born in Alabama in 1933 Martin and his family moved to Toledo, Ohio, when Herbert was twelve years old. His parents appreciated literature and music and saw to it that their young son was immersed in the arts. Martin began to write poetry during his undergraduate years at the University of Toledo, from which he graduated in 1964. Herbert Woodward Martin and the African American Tradition in Poetry chronicles the writing and performing career of Herbert W. Martin, focusing on the way his life has informed his art and situating his creative work within the context of the African American tradition. Author Ronald Primeau examines Martin’s place in American literature with particular emphasis on his multidisciplinary talents and his contributions to the arts through his highly regarded performances of poetry (especially that of Paul Laurence Dunbar) and his acting, playwriting, and composing. Even though Martin’s work is well-respected, has received numerous awards, and has been anthologized and taught, Primeau’s study is a long-overdue discussion and assessment of this poet-scholar’s considerable achievements.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612777801
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press
  • Publication date: 8/19/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Ronald Primeau is professor of English and director of the Master of Arts in Humanities program at Central Michigan University. He has published articles in numerous journals as well as several books and is a scholar of midwestern literature.
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Child of the Depression: Reconstructing the Childhood Apprenticeship Years 1
2 Contrapuntal Imagination: From Coffeehouses to New York the Nine Million and Other Poems 21
3 Sight-Reading Dunbar: The Reluctant Partnership of Two Dayton Laureates 47
4 "Interrupted Rhythms": From The Shit-Storm Poems to The Persistence of the Flesh 64
5 Empowering Audiences: A Vision of Community in My Mother's Voice and Final W 88
6 Celebrations: The Forms of Silence and the Seeds of New Projects 107
7 Reclaiming History: The Log of the Vigilante and The Last Days of William Short 129
8 Paul Laurence Dunbar and Herbert Woodward Martin in Their Own Voices: Martin the Dunbar Scholar 150
9 A Sound Outside of His Head: The Poet as Opera Librettist 166
10 Remembrances and New Directions: Galileo's Suns and A Matter of Honor 190
Conclusion 208
App A Brief Herbert Woodward Martin Chronology 215
Notes 218
Works Cited 222
A Select Bibliography of Works by Herbert W. Martin, 1955-2003 227
Index 237
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