Randall Jarrell and His Age

Randall Jarrell and His Age

by Stephen Burt



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231125949
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/05/2002
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1300L (what's this?)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Stephen Burt is assistant professor of English at Macalester College. His essays on poets and poetry have appeared in the Boston Review, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, and the Blackwell Companion to 20th Century Poetry, among other places. His book of poems, Popular Music, won the Colorado Prize for 1999.

Table of Contents

Antechapter: Randall Jarrell's Life
1: Jarrell's Interpersonal Style
2: Institutions, Professions, Criticism
3: Psychology and Psychoanalysis
4: Time and Memory
5: Childhood and Youth
6: Men, Women, Children, and Families
Conclusion: "What We See and Feel and Are"

What People are Saying About This

Louis Menand

Stephen Burt does Randall Jarrell the finest kind of critical justice.... There is sympathy here, and imagination, and just the right degree of intellectual detachment.

John Hollander

Jarrell's well-deserved fame as a critic and a satiric novelist tended to obscure the appreciation of his gifts as a poet. Stephen Burt's unusually perceptive, knowledgeable, and elegantly written book—a rare thing to come out of academic English departments these days—will help focus critical and historical attention on his poems in themselves, as well as in relation to his prose work. An unusually sophisticated critic and an extraordinarily graceful writer.

Helen Vendler

A first-rate and provocative book. It is also a daring book, and it makes an original bet: that lyric poetry—that most inward of arts—can be illuminated by considering sociological analyses that have been made of the era in which the poetry was written.

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