Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees

Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees

by James Reidel
     
 


Critic, novelist, filmmaker, jazz musician, painter, and, above all, poet, Weldon Kees performed, practiced, and published with the best of his generation of artists—the so-called middle generation, which included Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Berryman. His dramatic disappearance (a probable suicide) at the age of forty-one, his movie-star good… See more details below

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Critic, novelist, filmmaker, jazz musician, painter, and, above all, poet, Weldon Kees performed, practiced, and published with the best of his generation of artists—the so-called middle generation, which included Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Berryman. His dramatic disappearance (a probable suicide) at the age of forty-one, his movie-star good looks, his role in various movements of the day, and his shifting relationships with key figures in the arts have made him one of the more intriguing—and elusive—artists of the time. In this long-awaited biography, James Reidel presents the first full account of Kees’s troubled yet remarkably accomplished life.
 
Reidel traces Kees’s career from his birth in 1914 and boyhood in Beatrice, Nebraska, to his stint as an award-winning short-story writer and novelist, his rise as a poet and critic in New York, his branching off into abstract expressionism, jazz music, and theater, and his experimental and scientific filmmaking and photography. Going beyond the cult status that has grown up around Kees over the years, this work fairly and judiciously places him as a cultural adventurer at a particularly rich and significant moment in postwar twentieth-century America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803259775
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     xi
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xv
Prologue: July 18,1955     1
Beatrice, 1914-1931     7
Lincoln, 1931-1936     25
Denver, 1937-1943     55
New York, 1943-1948     113
Provincetown, 1948-1950     169
San Francisco, 1950-1955     229
Epilogue/Ellipsis     353
Notes     365
Sources     367
Index     375

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