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A marvelous collection containing classic poems and stories by Delmore Schwartz, one of America's most beloved writers.Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966) was one of the finest writers of his generation. Winner of the prestigious Bollingen prize and the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, he was hailed by John Ashbery as "one of the major twentieth-century poets." Schwartz's stories were also widely read and loved, admired by James Atlas for their "unique style that enabled Schwartz to depict his ...
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Overview

A marvelous collection containing classic poems and stories by Delmore Schwartz, one of America's most beloved writers.Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966) was one of the finest writers of his generation. Winner of the prestigious Bollingen prize and the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, he was hailed by John Ashbery as "one of the major twentieth-century poets." Schwartz's stories were also widely read and loved, admired by James Atlas for their "unique style that enabled Schwartz to depict his characters with a sort of childlike verisimilitude." Graced with an introduction by Cynthia Ozick, this New Directions Bibelot, Screeno: Stories and Poems, gathers many of Schwartz's most popular stories and poems, including: "Screeno," "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities," "America, America!" and "The Heavy Bear who Goes with Me." Also included is a newly discovered story, "The Heights of Joy," which appeared in the magazine Boulevard in 2002. Delmore Schwartz's life is legendary; yet it is his work that endures: "What complicates and enriches Schwartz's comedy," says Irving Howe, "is, I think, a reaching out toward nobility, a shy aspiring spirituality, a moment or two of achieved purity of feeling."

Author Biography: Delmore Schwartz, winner of many awards, wrote in various genres. He was a frequent contributor to literary publications and a lecturer at such universities as Harvard and Princeton.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811215732
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,413,454
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

In the naked bed, in Plato's cave 19
The ballet of the fifth year 20
The beautiful American word, sure 20
March 29 21
Will you perhaps consent to be 22
What is to be given 23
The ballad of the children of the czar 23
What curious dresses all men wear 27
Baudelaire 27
All night, all night 29
A dog named Ego, the snowflakes as kisses 31
America, America! 32
Poem 33
In dreams begin responsibilities 34
Screeno 44
The heights of joy 63
The statues 89
At a solemn musick 101
Tired and unhappy, you think of houses 102
Darkling summer, ominous dusk, ruinous rain 103
Spiders 104
Father and son 106
Far rockaway 111
Starlight like intuition pierced the twelve 112
The heavy bear who goes with me 114
"I am cherry alive," the little girl sang 115
Sonnet : O city, city 117
Lincoln 117
Seurat's Sunday afternoon along the Seine 120
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