Summer Knowledge: Selected Poems

Summer Knowledge: Selected Poems

by Delmore Schwartz
     
 

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“Every point of view, every kind of knowledge and every kind of experience is limited and ignorant: nevertheless so far as l know, this volume seems to me to be as representative as it could be.—-Delmore Schwartz
When this book was first published (as Summer Knowledge) in 1959. Delmore Schwartz was still riding a crest, the golden boy of the…  See more details below

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“Every point of view, every kind of knowledge and every kind of experience is limited and ignorant: nevertheless so far as l know, this volume seems to me to be as representative as it could be.—-Delmore Schwartz
When this book was first published (as Summer Knowledge) in 1959. Delmore Schwartz was still riding a crest, the golden boy of the literary scene—a position he had commanded ever since the appearance of his first collection of stories and poems in 1938. Summer Knowledge won for him both the prestigious Bollingen Prize in Poetry and the Poetry Society of America’s Shelley Memorial Award. lronically, indeed tragically, the praise and prizes Schwartz's poems received did not forestall his decline, and this, his poetic testament, proved to be a final one as well. Overcome by mental illness, alienated from his friends and supporters, he disappeared from the literary scene, in the end to die in 1966 in an obscure Broadway hotel. The tragedy of his life pales before the triumph of his art and craft. Selected Poems clearly places him among the foremost poets of his generation.

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Editorial Reviews

Washington Post
“An authentically poetic distillation of the passionately experienced intellectual history of two decades.
Each poem struggles manfully' and knowingly for its own aesthetic and ethical stability, and the whole book reads like a passionate confession of intellectual and ethical vicissitude.”
Bollingen Prize citation
“Poems in a great diversity of manners and meters, all marked by inventive workmanship. all spoken in a personal voice.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811201919
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
06/28/1967
Edition description:
New
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
777,850
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966) was born and raised in Brooklyn. One of America’s greatest poets and short-story writers, Schwartz contributed “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” to the first issue of Partisan Review in 1937. Schwartz taught at Syracuse, Princeton, and Kenyon College, and received the Bollingen Prize in 1959. After a difficult period of alchoholism and depression, he died of a heart attack in 1966.

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