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Paterson by William Carlos Williams

Long recognized as a masterpiece of modern American poetry, William Carlos Williams' Paterson is one man's testament and vision, "a humanist manifesto enacted in five books, a grammar to help us live" (Denis Donoghue).
Paterson is both a place—the New Jersey city in whom the person (the poet's own life) and the public (the history of the region) are combined. Originally four books (published individually between 1946 and 1951), the structure of Paterson (in Dr. Williams' words) "follows the course of teh Passaic River" from above the great falls to its entrance into the sea. The unexpected Book Five, published in 1958, affirms the triumphant life of the imagination, in spite of age and death. This revised edition has been meticulously re-edited by Christopher MacGowan, who has supplied a wealth of notes and explanatory material.

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ISBN-13: 9780811212984
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 04/28/1995
Edition description: Revised Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 407,149
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963), author of Paterson and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Pictures from Brueghel, is widely considered one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century. Also a short-story writer, novelist, essayist, and translator, he helped in a big way to establish modernism in America.

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Robert Lowell

"'Paterson' is Whitman's America, grown pathetic and tragic, brutalized by inequality, disorganized by industrialized chaos, and faced with annihilation. This new poet has written a verse with such a combination of brilliance, sympathy, an experience, with such alertness and energy."

M. L. Rosenthal

"Fear is essential to this poet's achievement that only his generousity of spirit, but...a face in the meaning of experienced reality and in the power of art to reveal it."

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