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Poet, novelist, literary critic, and teacher, Randall Jarrell was a writer with many facets, but most of all he was a poet with a unique voice, one that was by turns imaginative, realistic, sensitive, and ironic. From the narratives of army life during the Second World War to the domestic scenes Jarrell wrote about so movingly in his final book, The Lost World, his poems are marked throughout by that voice, one that could be astonishingly intimate or open up to speak to our common humanity. This collection, ...
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Overview

Poet, novelist, literary critic, and teacher, Randall Jarrell was a writer with many facets, but most of all he was a poet with a unique voice, one that was by turns imaginative, realistic, sensitive, and ironic. From the narratives of army life during the Second World War to the domestic scenes Jarrell wrote about so movingly in his final book, The Lost World, his poems are marked throughout by that voice, one that could be astonishingly intimate or open up to speak to our common humanity. This collection, prepared by William H. Pritchard, presents some of Jarrell's finest poems to a new generation of readers.

Selections from Jarrell's Complete Poems that represent Jarrell's art at its best, comparable in power and variety to that of his contemporaries Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780374522902
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 7/28/1991

Meet the Author

Randall Jarrell (1914-65) received the National Book Award for his collection The Woman at the Washington Zoo. He died after being struck by a car in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he was teaching at the time.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
90 North     3
Absent with Official Leave     5
The Carnegie Library, Juvenile Division     7
A Front     9
Losses     10
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner     12
A Pilot from the Carrier     13
The Dead Wingman     14
The Marchen     15
A Camp in the Prussian Forest     19
Eighth Air Force     21
A Ward in the States     22
Jews at Haifa     23
A Field Hospital     25
The Breath of Night     26
Lady Bates     27
A Country Life     30
Moving     32
When I Was Home Last Christmas...     34
A Game at Salzburg     35
Transient Barracks     37
A Sick Child     39
Seele im Raum     40
The Orient Express     43
The Face     45
Deutsch Durch Freud     47
The Black Swan     50
A Girl in a Library     51
A War     55
In Those Days     56
Cinderella     57
The Meteorite     59
Windows     60
Aging     62
Children Selecting Books in a Library     63
Nestus Gurley     65
The Bronze David of Donatello     68
The Woman at the Washington Zoo     71
Field and Forest     73
The Lost World
Children's Arms     75
A Night with Lions     80
A Street off Sunset     81
Thinking of the Lost World     86
The Mockingbird     89
Next Day     90
In Galleries     92
The Old and the New Masters     94
The Lost Children     96
Well Water     99
Gleaning     100
A Man Meets a Woman in the Street     101
The Player Piano     104
Index of Titles     109
Index of First Lines     113
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