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William Carlos Williams and Charles Tomlinson: A Transatlantic Connection
     

William Carlos Williams and Charles Tomlinson: A Transatlantic Connection

by William Carlos Williams, Charles Tomlinson
 

An important chapter in the story of Anglo-American literary relationships in the twentieth century is the friendship of the American poet William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) and the English poet Charles Tomlinson (1927- ). The two men assisted and encouraged each other in a variety of ways, and their transatlantic dialogue continues to interest readers and critics

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An important chapter in the story of Anglo-American literary relationships in the twentieth century is the friendship of the American poet William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) and the English poet Charles Tomlinson (1927- ). The two men assisted and encouraged each other in a variety of ways, and their transatlantic dialogue continues to interest readers and critics of modern and contemporary poetry. This edition includes the correspondence of Williams and Tomlinson, a selection of their critical writings, observations on their relationship by Hugh Kenner, Paul Mariani, and Donald Davie, and a selection of poems by Tomlinson that show the influence of Williams.
William Carlos Williams spent most of his life in northern New Jersey, where he was a full-time doctor as well as a prolific writer. His poetry and prose present local American experience in a distinctively American idiom. He also traveled and published abroad, and became a pioneer of the international modernist movement. Williams was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1963.
Charles Tomlinson was born and raised in Staffordshire and now lives in Gloucestershire. His work shows him to be not only an astute observer of English places and occasions but also a keen student of other cultures, languages, and sensibilities. Today he is widely recognized as one of Britain's most distinguished poets and translators. He is also an accomplished graphic artist.

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Arousing musings about literary relationships via e-mail, this collection features the 1957-62 correspondence linking the American poet Williams (1883-1963) and British poet Tomlinson (b. 1927) in a mentorship relationship. The editors' foreword provides context. Concludes with selected poems by Tomlinson and his elegy "Remembering Williams." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820439778
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Series:
Modern American Literature Series
Pages:
161

Meet the Author

The Editors: Barry Magid, M.D. is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City and the editor of Freud's Case Studies: Self-Psychological Perspectives and Father Louie: Photographs of Thomas Merton by Ralph Eugene Meatyard. As proprietor of the Dim Gray Bar Press, he hand-printed a limited edition of the Letters of William Carlos Williams and Charles Tomlinson in 1992.
Hugh Witemeyer is Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. He is the author of The Poetry of Ezra Pound (1969) and George Eliot and the Visual Arts (1979). He is the editor or coeditor of William Carlos Williams and James Laughlin: Selected Letters (1989), Ezra Pound and Senator Bronson Cutting: A Political Correspondence,1930-1935 (1995), and Pound/Williams: Selected Letters of Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams (1996).

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