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William Carlos Williams and James Laughlin: Selected Letters
     

William Carlos Williams and James Laughlin: Selected Letters

by William Carlos Williams, James Laughlin, Hugh Witemeyer (Editor)
 

This volume chronicles the correspondence between William Carlos Williams, a Pullitzer Prize-winning American poet, and his publisher, James Laughlin, the founder of "New Directions".
The letters discuss modernism, art, publishing, and the writer/editor relationship between the two men.

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This volume chronicles the correspondence between William Carlos Williams, a Pullitzer Prize-winning American poet, and his publisher, James Laughlin, the founder of "New Directions".
The letters discuss modernism, art, publishing, and the writer/editor relationship between the two men.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Over the years from 1933, when Harvard sophomore Laughlin met doctor-poet Williams and soon became his most dedicated publisher, the two men corresponded regularly until Williams's death in 1963. From the 149 well-annotated letters collected here one learns about the older man's attitudes toward his own writings and the works of others, his relationships with his publishers, his health and personal life. Williams writes expressively about T. S. Eliot's verse (``The only reason it doesn't smell is that it's synthetic''), Ezra Pound (``His letters are insults, the mewings of an 8th grade teacher,'' but ``we must forgive him his stupidities''), Randall Jarrell (``I don't know anyone I'm more determined to destroy'') and ``a kid named Tennessee Williams'' who has ``that beautiful lyric excitement that was in Lorca.'' Laughlin's affecting fictional account of one of their last meetings concludes the book. Although Williams was not a great letter writer, this collection, assembled by a professor of English at the University of New Mexico, is important for specialists in 20th-century literature. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393026825
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/17/1989
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet 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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