The Second Four Books of Poems

Overview

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca, and has translated from French, Spanish, Latin and Portugese. He has published more than a dozen volumes of orignal poetry and several volumes of prose. Mr. Merwin has been awarded the Tanning Prize, the Pulitzer and Bollingen prizes, the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Pen Translation Prize,...

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Overview

W.S. Merwin was born in New York City in 1927 and grew up in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He worked as a tutor in France, Portugal, and Majorca, and has translated from French, Spanish, Latin and Portugese. He has published more than a dozen volumes of orignal poetry and several volumes of prose. Mr. Merwin has been awarded the Tanning Prize, the Pulitzer and Bollingen prizes, the Fellowship of the Academy of American Poets, the Shelley Memorial Award, the Pen Translation Prize, and many other honors. He lives in Haiku, Hawaii.

W.S. Merwin's Second Four Books of Poems includes some of the most startlingly original and influential poetry of the second half of this century, a poetry that has moved, as Richard Howard has written, "from preterition to presence to prophecy."

Other books by M.S. Merwin available from Consortium:
East Window (Copper Canyon Press), 1-55659-091-1
The First Four Books of Poems (Copper Canyon Press), 1-55659-139-X
Flower & Hand (Copper Canyon Press), 1-55659-119-5

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The prolific, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet's collections The Moving Target , The Lice , The Carrier of Ladders and Writings to an Unfinished Accompaniment are themselves collected. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Though his style has varied over 50 years, this poet remains "part Emerson, part Dylan Thomas, but all Merwin" (Vixen, LJ 1/96).
Booknews
Merwin may well be the best poet in America today, and this volume collects four of the most important books of poetry in the past generation: The Lice (1963), The Moving Target (1967), The Carrier of Ladders (1970--for which Merwin received the Pulitzer Prize), and Writings to an Unfinished Accompaniment (1973). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556590542
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 952,955
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

W.S. Merwin, author of over fifty books, is America's foremost poet. His last two books were honored with major literary awards: Migration won the National Book Award, and Present Company received the Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress. He lives in Hawaii where he raises endangered palm trees.

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