Modernist Quartet

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This study of the four major American modernist poets--Frost, Stevens, Pound, Eliot--in various historical environments, presents their poems as stories of their attempts to sustain a life in noncommercial writing, in a culture that is only hospitable, for the most part, to commercial art.
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"I can't think of any piece of recent literary criticism that more astutely and usefully combines text and context, close readings of selected poems (and acute, telling remarks about many, many others) with salient readings of American culture...At times, as I read passages where Lentricchia really lets himself go...pushes his subject beyond where you'd expect him to push it at these times, I thought of R.P. Blackmur....This is major criticism of high imaginative power, about as inclusive as one could hope for." C. William Pritchard, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, author of Lives of the Modern Poets

"Lentricchia's erudite and vigorous prose results in a thought-provoking examination of modernism." B. Quinn, Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521469753
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Philosophers of Modernism at Harvard, circa 1900 1
2 Lyric in the Culture of Capital 47
3 Robert Frost 77
4 Wallace Stevens 124
5 Ezra Pound 180
6 T. S. Eliot 239
Epilogue 287
Bibliographical Note 292
Index 295
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