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Selected Letters
     

Selected Letters

by Guy Davenport, James Laughlin, W. C. Bamberger (Editor)
 
An epistolary exchange that highlights two singular intellects, their disparate approaches to literature and their mutual admiration.
This volume features selections from the New Directions founder's correspondence with Guy Davenport, the polymath artist and author of The Geography of the Imagination. More than simply detailing an author/publisher relationship,

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An epistolary exchange that highlights two singular intellects, their disparate approaches to literature and their mutual admiration.
This volume features selections from the New Directions founder's correspondence with Guy Davenport, the polymath artist and author of The Geography of the Imagination. More than simply detailing an author/publisher relationship, these letters depict two fine minds educating and supporting each other in the service of literature.

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Michael Dirda
While James Laughlin was born to a patrician steel family and inherited a vast fortune, Guy Davenport grew up poor in South Carolina, but with truly awesome brains and talent (he went from ninth grade directly to Duke University, then won a Rhodes scholarship and later in life was awarded a MacArthur fellowship). Davenport is genuinely thrilled to be published by New Directions, "whose books have been the best part of my education," and Laughlin is honored and proud to publish him…reveal[s] two enviably high-spirited and impassioned men of letters, whose lives were devoted to art and literature and humanistic scholarship. We are, whether we know it or not, their humble beneficiaries.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393059502
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
01/17/2007
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

As Bruce Bawer wrote in Bookforum, "the late Guy Davenport (1927-2005) left behind an oeuvre that is one long lesson in the history of civilization, and to read any part of it—story, essay, or translation—is to be enthralled by his unflagging intellectual energy and engagement." His books include The Geography of the Imagination, The Death of Picasso, Herakleitos and Diogenes, A Table of Green Fields, The Cardiff Team, DaVinci's Bicycle, and many more.

James Laughlin (1914–1997) founded New Directions in 1936 while still a student at Harvard. He wrote and compiled more than a dozen books of poetry as well as stories and essays; seven volumes of his correspondence with his authors are available from W.W. Norton.

W. C. Bamberger operates Bamberger Books, which keeps Guy Davenport’s poem Flowers & Leaves in print. He lives in Whitmore Lake, Michigan.

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