The Best of the Kenyon Review: Poetry, Stories, and Essays

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The first collection from the archives of this beloved literary journal

Featuring remarkable works from dozens of acclaimed writers, this is an anthology of the best poems, short stories and essays that first appeared in The Kenyon Review, one of the world's most influential literary journals. This who's who of literature contains pieces by current National Book Award winner Ruth Stone and:
William Carlos Williams, Randall Jarrell, F. Scott ...

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Overview

The first collection from the archives of this beloved literary journal

Featuring remarkable works from dozens of acclaimed writers, this is an anthology of the best poems, short stories and essays that first appeared in The Kenyon Review, one of the world's most influential literary journals. This who's who of literature contains pieces by current National Book Award winner Ruth Stone and:
William Carlos Williams, Randall Jarrell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Federico Garcia Lorca, E.L. Doctorow, John Berryman, Dylan Thomas, Allen Tate, Marianne Moore, F.O. Matthiessen, Muriel Rukeyser, Bertolt Brecht, John Crowe Ransom, Wallace Stevens, Robert Lowell, W.H. Auden, Sean O'Faolain, James Wright, Flannery O'Connor, Konstantinos Kavaphes, Peter Taylor, Delmore Schwartz, Thomas Pynchon, Sylvia Plath, James Dickey, Nadine Gordimer, Doris Lessing, Julio Cortázar, Robert Hass, Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, Lewis Hyde, Galway Kinnell, Derek Walcott, Woody Allen, Rita Dove, Italo Calvino, Louise Erdrich, Gerald Early, Reginald McKnight, Philip Levine, Yusef Komunyakaa, Richard Howard, Eavan Boland, Ha Jin, Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas Glave, Charles Wright

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Editorial Reviews

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For more than 60 years, proclaims the Kenyon Review's homepage, this journal has attempted "to identify exceptionally talented emerging writers, especially from diverse communities, and publish their work alongside the many distinguished, established writers featured in its pages." Organized chronologically, this wide-ranging anthology of poetry, stories, and essays provides a fine introduction for new readers as well as a convenient volume for devotees of this distinguished literary magazine. The early years are well represented with essays by founding editor John Crowe Ransom and W.H. Auden, poetry by Robert Lowell and Wallace Stevens, and stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Peter Taylor. Contemporary works include an essay by Gerald Early, poetry by Charles Wright and Rita Dove, and short stories by Thomas Glave, Ha Jin, and Joyce Carol Oates, who also contributed the introduction. As Kenyon Review editor Lynn writes in his preface, "We are in perpetual quest of superb writing"-and readers are of course the beneficiaries. Recommended for most collections.-Kathryn R. Bartelt, Univ. of Evansville Libs., IN Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402200359
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

David Lynn has been the editor of The Kenyon Review since 1994. His novel, Wrestling with Gabriel, was released in late 2002, and Fortune Telling, a collection of stories, appeared in 1998. He is also the author of The Hero's Tale, a critical study, and Professor of English at Kenyon College.

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Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Introduction 1
The Winter's Tale (1939) 6
The Interrupted Concert (1939) 10
Letter to His Brother (1940) 12
Poem (1940) 14
The Trout Map (1940) 16
Four Quartz Crystal Clocks (1940) 19
James and the Plastic Arts (1943) 22
Poems of Exile (1945) 37
Art and the Human Economy (1945) 42
The Dream-Singing Elegy (1946) 49
A Place (Any Place) to Transcend All Places (1946) 54
Winter in Dunbarton (1946) 58
The Auroras of Autumn (1948) 60
Falling Asleep over the Aeneid (1948) 70
Yeats as an Example (1948) 74
The World's Fair (1948) 82
Persecution Mania (1949) 92
Walt Whitman: He Had His Nerve (1953) 98
Robert Sitting in My Hands (1953) 113
The Life You Save May Be Your Own (1953) 116
Waiting for the Barbarians (1955) 127
Memoir (1956) 130
Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time (1958) 132
Sonnet (1958) 159
All the Beautiful Are Blameless (1958) 161
Entropy (1960) 164
The Beekeeper's Daughter (1960) 178
The Change (1960) 180
Message in a Bottle (1962) 182
Prelude to an Evening (1963) 188
One Off the Short List (1963) 199
Loon Lake (1979) 222
Summer (1979) 233
Four Poems (1979) 242
Demon (1979) 249
A Piece of Monologue (1979) 251
Some Food We Could Not Eat (1979) 256
Goodbye (1979) 287
Piano Practice (1980) 290
Retribution (1980) 293
Grape Sherbert (1982) 307
Autumn (1983) 309
Lulu's Boys (1984) 316
The Black Intellectual and the Sport of Prizefighting (1988) 328
The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas (1989) 347
Agnus Dei (1989) 360
History Lessons (1991) 362
Occupations (1992) 365
What Language Did (1994) 376
Emperor (1995) 379
Death Mother (1995) 392
The Final Inning (1996) 415
Basic Dialogue (1997) 438
Poems (1999) 440
Author Index 443
About the Editor 444
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