Lorine Niedecker: Collected Works / Edition 1

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Overview


"The Brontës had their moors, I have my marshes," Lorine Niedecker wrote of flood-prone Black Hawk Island in Wisconsin, where she lived most of her life. Her life by water, as she called it, could not have been further removed from the avant-garde poetry scene where she also made a home. Niedecker is one of the most important poets of her generation and an essential member of the Objectivist circle. Her work attracted high praise from her peers--Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Cid Corman, Clayton Eshleman--with whom she exchanged life-sustaining letters. Niedecker was also a major woman poet who interrogated issues of gender, domesticity, work, marriage, and sexual politics long before the modern feminist movement. Her marginal status, both geographically and as a woman, translates into a major poetry.

Niedecker's lyric voice is one of the most subtle and sensuous of the twentieth century. Her ear is constantly alive to sounds of nature, oddities of vernacular speech, textures of vowels and consonants. Often compared to Emily Dickinson, Niedecker writes a poetry of wit and emotion, cosmopolitan experimentation and down-home American speech.

This much-anticipated volume presents all of Niedecker's surviving poetry, plays, and creative prose in the sequence of their composition. It includes many poems previously unpublished in book form plus all of Niedecker's surviving 1930s surrealist work and her 1936-46 folk poetry, bringing to light the formative experimental phases of her early career. With an introduction that offers an account of the poet's life and notes that provide detailed textual information, this book will be the definitive reader's and scholar's edition of Niedecker's work.

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Editorial Reviews

Nation
Not since the appearance of the facsimile version of The Waste Land in 1971, which clearly established how T.S. Eliot's poem had been transformed by Ezra Pound's editing, has a new edition of an American poet's work shattered the prevailing sense of that writer's art.
Times Literary Supplement
[M]ajestic and overdue . . . .
Independent UK
[T]he definitive edition of the oeuvre of one of America's finest 20th-century poets. . . . Splendid.
Bomb
Penberthy . . . provides a complete portrait of her [Niedecker's] wide-ranging aesthetics . . .
Boston Review
[Penberthy's] extraordinary efforts to bring to light Niedecker's importance are utterly invaluable . . .
Publishers Weekly
A great modernist finally gets a full tribute with the publication of Lorine Niedecker: Collected Works. A lifetime resident of Wisconsin, Niedecker (1903-1970) was a sort of satellite member of Zukofsky's Objectivist circle, though currents of surrealism, folk poetry and haiku run through her work. Edited by Capilano College English professor Jenny Penberthy (Lorine Niedecker: Woman and Poet), this comprehensive collection of all of Niedecker's surviving verse includes her well-known New Goose folk poems, as well as early poetry that Niedecker had omitted from the collected works published in her lifetime. It is an indispensable book for anyone interested in modernist writing: "What a scandal Christmas What a scandle Christmas is, a red stick-up to a lily." (Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520224346
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 494
  • Sales rank: 729,602
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author


Lorine Niedecker was born in 1903 and died in 1970. Among her published work is New Goose (1946), My Friend Tree (1961), North Central (1968), T&G: Collected Poems, 1936-1966 (1969), My Life by Water: Collected Poems, 1936-1968 (1970), Blue Chicory (1976), From This Condensery (1985), and The Granite Pail (1985). Jenny Penberthy is Professor of English at Capilano College, Vancouver. She is editor of Lorine Niedecker: Woman and Poet (1996) and of Niedecker and the Correspondence with Zukofsky, 1931-1970 (1993).
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Introduction

POEMS
1928–1936
1936–1945
NEW GOOSE
"NEW GOOSE" Manuscript
1945–1956
FOR PAUL AND OTHER POEMS
1957–1959
1960–1964
HOMEMADE/HANDMADE POEMS
1965–1967
NORTH CENTRAL
1968–1970
HARPSICHORD & SALT FISH

PROSE AND RADIO PLAYS
1937
1951–1952

NOTES AND CONTENTS LISTS
INDEX OF TITLES OR FIRST LINES

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