The Voice of the Poet: Robert Lowell

The Voice of the Poet: Robert Lowell

by Robert Lowell
     
 
The second installment of our exclusive The Voice of the Poet series, comprised of rare archival recordings, some never before released, featuring Robert Lowell.

This audio production is accompanied by a book containing the text to the poems and a commentary by J.D. McClatchy.

Overview

The second installment of our exclusive The Voice of the Poet series, comprised of rare archival recordings, some never before released, featuring Robert Lowell.

This audio production is accompanied by a book containing the text to the poems and a commentary by J.D. McClatchy.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
With the second set of titles released in this innovative tape-and-small-book package (which includes text of the poems read, photos, and a short biographical essay), editor J.D. McClatchy continues to present some of the most esteemed modern poets in a highly listenable format. It's a delight to see Bishop, a fine poet whose work is too often overlooked, included. Culled from the few sparse recordings made between 1947 and 1977, her voice ages and then is suddenly young again, adding to the playful tone of many poems, not often recognized on the page. The majority of works read by Lowell are from his groundbreaking confessional volume Life Studies, but McClatchy rightly couches it between earlier and later pieces, demonstrating how they developed out of a classical exploration of his heritage, which lasted the rest of his life. Sexton, once Lowell's student, wrote confessional poetry constructed from "a poor middle-class life, nothing extraordinary." This listener could not have said it better. Sexton might have inspired generations of women writers, but, placed beside some of the masters of our time, her work pales quickly.--Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375409660
Publisher:
Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Voice of the Poet Series
Edition description:
Abridged, 1 Cassette, 60 min.
Product dimensions:
4.45(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

Volume by volume, Robert Lowell revealed the age in which he lived, both drawing its portrait and animating its conscience.  At the time of his death, he was the most prominent and honored American poet of his generation.  Born in Boston, the heir to a patrician family, Lowell was instinctively rebellious.  His troubled family history, broken marriages, and manic-depressive episodes became the subjects of his poems and marked a shift from the dense rhetoric of his early work toward a more open, confessional style.  He was a great peom and our truest historian.

J.D. McClatchy

J.D. McClatchy is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and since 1991 has been the editor of The Yale Review.  He is the author of four books and poems: Scenes from Another Life, Stars Principal, The Rest of the Way, and The Ten Commandments.  He has edited a number of books, including The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry and The Vintage Book of Contemporary World Poetry.

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