Randall Jarrell's Letters

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

University of Virginia Press

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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.
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.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813921532
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 12/1/2002
  • Edition description: EXPANDED
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

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

University of Virginia Press

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
Acknowledgements xi
Preface to the Expanded Edition xii
Introduction xiii
Editor's Note xvii
Nashville, Tennessee, 1935-1937 1
Gambier, Ohio, 1937-1939 10
Austin, Texas, September 1939-February 1943 23
Sheppard Field, Wichita Fall, Texas, February-April 1943 71
Chanute Field, Rantoul, Illinois, April-November 1943 87
Davis-Monthan Field, Tucson, Arizona, November 1943-March 1946 112
New York, New York, April 1946-August 1947 159
Greensboro, North Carolina, August 1947-September 1951 175
Princeton, New Jersey, September 1951-May 1952 263
Bloomington, Indiana / Laguna Beach, California, June 1952-January 1953 353
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois / Laguna Beach, California, February-September 1953 370
Greensboro, North Carolina, September 1953-August 1956 387
Washington, D.C., September 1956-June 1958 411
Greensboro, North Carolina, September 1958-October 1965 435
Letters to Peter Taylor and Eleanor Ross Taylor 523
Books 553
Index 555
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