Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in America

Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in America

by Larry Smith


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Kenneth Patchen: Rebel Poet in America by Larry Smith

Here is the revised and expanded second edition of Larry Smith's biography of noted American author and artist, Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972). Patchen was an intimate of fellow artists and writers: Henry Miller, Kenneth Rexroth, James Laughlin, E.E.Cummings, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others. With over 38 books, he published a book a year during his life...proletarian, avaunt-garde, politically engaged writing,and he pioneered experiments in poetry-jazz, and picture-poems.The story of Kenneth and Miriam Patchen is one of the great love stories in American Literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781933964652
Publisher: Bottom Dog Press
Publication date: 01/21/2013
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Larry Smith is a poet, novelist, critic, and biographer. His literary biographies include Kenneth Patchen (Twayne Series, G.K. Hall, 1978) and Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Poet-at-Large (Southern Illinois University Press, 1983). His also wrote and co-produced with Tom Koba two video docu-dramas Kenneth Patchen: Poet of Engagement and James Wright's Ohio. He has edited books of

Appalachian and working-class writing for Bottom Dog Press. Together with his wife Ann and poet Phil Metres he edited the national anthology Come Together: Imagine Peace for Bottom Dog Press.

Smith is a professor emeritus of English and Humanities at Firelands College of Bowling Green State University and holds a doctorate from Kent State University. In 1980-1981 he held a Fullbright lectureship in Sicily where he taught a course on American Romanticism and the Beat Movement. His recent books include the novels The Long River Home and The Free Farm, and two books of poetry, A River Remains and Each Moment All.

As a native of the industrial Ohio River Valley he shares a working-class background with author Kenneth Patchen. He and wife Ann live along the shores of Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio.

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