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In his splendid book Randall Jarrell and His Age Stephen Burt finally answers the question 'Who was Randall Jarrell?' by setting his poems within several layers of aesthetic, social, and psychological contexts to not only illuminate the oeuvre but to better understand the complexity of Jarrell's own intellectual interventions in the cultural climate of America from the late 1930s through his death in 1965.
Randall Jarrell and His Age is a sophisticated and scholarly treatment of an artist and his metier that will be best appreciated by serious and broadly read specialists.
A study impressive for the intensity, detail, and subtlety of its readings...it is likely to be the definitive study of Jarrell for years to come
Stephen Burt does Randall Jarrell the finest kind of critical justice.... There is sympathy here, and imagination, and just the right degree of intellectual detachment.
Jarrell brooded endlessly on the crucial question of how to engage with life, but ultimately the capacity seemed to elude him. Burt traces, rather wonderfully, his obsession with youth, age and aging.
The achievement of Stephen Burt's excellent book Randall Jarrell and His Age, is to show the true subtlty, strangeness, and deep feeling opened up by these apparently unpromising explorations of self and others in the bare style that was Jarrell's trademark.
Burt helps us to dig out the shards that constitute Jarrell's poems and to make them speak of, and speak to, selves and others, in his age and ours.
— Jacques Khalip
A book that pays Jarrell the tribute of placing his poetics front and center, dispensing with most of the trappings of biography and mythology.
— Chuck Berg
— Edward Brunner
|Antechapter: Randall Jarrell's Life||1|
|Ch. 1||Jarrell's Interpersonal Style||21|
|Ch. 2||Institutions, Professions, Criticism||52|
|Ch. 3||Psychology and Psychoanalysis||85|
|Ch. 4||Time and Memory||118|
|Ch. 5||Childhood and Youth||145|
|Ch. 6||Men, Women, Children, Families||182|
|Conclusion: "What We See and Feel and Are"||219|