The New World: An Epic Poem: The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition

The New World: An Epic Poem: The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition

by Frederick Turner

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BN ID: 2940012358370
Publisher: ILIUM PRESS
Publication date: 03/26/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 1,046,145
File size: 283 KB

About the Author

Frederick Turner is an Oxford graduate and is Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is a former editor of The Kenyon Review. He is the author of ten books of poetry (including two epics and two other book-length epic poems), a novel, and numerous books on literature, philosophy, and classicism, including the controversial The Culture of Hope: A New Birth of the Classical Spirit. He is also the author of Genesis, another epic poem published by The Ilium Press.

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New World: An Epic Poem: The Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
tomdavisTD More than 1 year ago
The New World is an epic poem. As in any good epic it tells a roaring story that sweeps through time and geography with a hero large enough to carry the reader through 241 pages of metered verse. Set in a strange future world where there is no U.S. government, but warring regions dominated by those who have given up on the world and succumbed to drug addiction or slavery or dark religion. There is one shining place, the Free Counties, that has the virtues of the humanist tradition. An outcast from the Counties, after a trip to a dark underworld (a typical feature of most epics), comes home with the Mother and finds himself in a situation where the Free County warriors he is with fight a heroic battle, but mostly die. It is from this point on that the action of the epic, except for one part that becomes entangled in philosophy, builds and builds to a climax that is both terrible and exalting. Ilium Press is fighting a brave battle to restore the epic form to contemporary literature, and Turner's epic is a worthy effort. There is poetry here that rings with the detail and emotion of great poetry as well as a grand adventure story. The philosophy section, building context and the foundations on which the story is built, drags a little, but overall this is a work that ought to be read. Readers who believe in literature and the importance of form in a world that is too often more chaotic and individualistic-driven into mass movements should find this work a magnificent way to spend a few hours in a strange, but familiar, futuristic world.