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Randall Jarrell's Letters
     

Randall Jarrell's Letters

by Mary Jarrell, Stephen Burt (Other), Mary Von Jarrell (Editor)
 

In this expanded edition of Randall Jarrell's letters, his widow, Mary, has added letters from Jarrell to Peter Taylor, publication of which was withheld during Taylor's lifetime. Taylor was, along with Robert Lowell, Jarrell's oldest and closest friend, and the inclusion of these incomparable letters adds another dimension of friendship, artistry, and intellect to

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In this expanded edition of Randall Jarrell's letters, his widow, Mary, has added letters from Jarrell to Peter Taylor, publication of which was withheld during Taylor's lifetime. Taylor was, along with Robert Lowell, Jarrell's oldest and closest friend, and the inclusion of these incomparable letters adds another dimension of friendship, artistry, and intellect to a collection already noted for its behind-the-scenes glimpse of twentieth-century American literary history in the making.

Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe

Randall Jarrell—poet, critic, daimon—was an Enthusiast. Wedding an intense devotion to Old World culture with the frequent exhibition of glad American anarchy, he was Matthew Arnold at the wheel of an MG, tach up, top down, the wind in his literary hair.

Charlotte Observer

Mary Jarrell... has written witty and observant connecting passages that shape the book into a rounded narrative and... has unveiled Randall Jarrell's final enduring literary work. And in doing so, she has created her own.

Washington Post Book World

Witty, often brilliantly perceptive, often touching, usually funny, [these letters] have many of the best qualities of Randall Jarrell's criticism and his comic novel, Pictures from an Institution. They bristle with ideas while they also show great freshness and openness to experience.... Of recent collections of letters, only Flannery O'Connor's seem to me to rival these in their consistently high level of interest and entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813921532
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
12/01/2002
Edition description:
expanded edition
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Mary Jarrell is the author of a memoir, Remembering Randall, which was a New York Times Notable Book of 1999.

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