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  • How Poets See the Worldby Willard Spiegelman

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 40.99

    This book looks closely at a handful of contemporary poets (John Ashbery, Amy Clampitt, Jorie Graham, Charles Tomlinson, and Charles Wright) and, less extensively, at some others, with an eye to explaining the art of description in poetry. How do poets see the world? What are they looking for? How do they transcribe their vision and make poems out... more...

  • Questions of Possibilityby David Caplan

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 49.99

    Questions of Possibility examines the particular forms that contemporary American poets favor and those they neglect. The poets' choices reveal both their ambitions and their limitations, the new possibilities they discover and the traditions they find unimaginable. The poetic forms discussed include the sestina, ghazal, love sonnet, ballad, and... more...

  • A Historical Guide to Henry David Thoreauby William E. Cain

    Oxford University Press 2000; US$ 59.99

    As an essayist, philosopher, ex-pencil manufacturer, notorious hermit, tax protester, and all-around original thinker, Thoreau led so singular a life that he is in some ways a perfect candidate for the historical and biographical treatments made possible by the Historical Guides to American Authors series format. William E. Cain, the volume editor,... more...

  • The New Red Negroby James Edward Smethurst

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 129.99

    The New Red Negro surveys African-American poetry from the onset of the Depression to the early days of the Cold War. It considers the relationship between the thematic and formal choices of African-American poets and organized ideology from the proletarian early 1930s to the neo-modernist late 1940s. This study examines poetry by writers across... more...

  • The Poets of Tin Pan Alleyby Philip Furia

    Oxford University Press 1992; US$ 44.99

    Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers and Hart--some fifty years after their heyday these giants remain household names, their musicals regularly revived, their methods and styles analyzed and imitated, and their songs the bedrock of jazz and cabaret. In The Poets of Tin Pan Alley Philip Furia offers a... more...

  • The Economistby Leonard N. Neufeldt

    Oxford University Press 1989; US$ 129.99

    This major study examines Thoreau's participation in the economic discourse of his time and place. It focuses on cultural conditions in the time of Thoreau, his awareness of them, and his responses to them as a literary artist who identified his writing as his vocation. more...

  • A Companion to Walt Whitmanby Donald D. Kummings

    Wiley 2008; US$ 263.95 US$ 228.76

    Comprising more than 30 substantial essays written by leading scholars, this companion constitutes an exceptionally broad-ranging and in-depth guide to one of America’s greatest poets. Makes the best and most up-to-date thinking on Whitman available to students Designed to make readers more aware of the social and cultural contexts of Whitman’s... more...

  • Poets On Placeby W. T. Pfefferle

    Utah State University Press 2005; US$ 15.95

    Out to see America and satisfy his travel bug, W. T. Pfefferle resigned from his position as director of the writing program at Johns Hopkins University and hit the road to interview sixty-two poets about the significance of place in their work. The lively conversations that resulted may surprise with the potential meanings of a seemingly simple... more...

  • FOF Companion to 20th C. American Poetryby Randale Huff

    Infobase Publishing 2007; US$ 65.00

    The Facts On File Companion to American Poetry is a new and indispensable encyclopedic guide to American poetry with more than 1,200 entries, ranging in length from 500 to 1,500 words. Intended for high school and college students, this invaluable resource explores the various writers, works, themes, and movements of this intriguing literary genre. more...

  • Borealisby Jeff Humphries; Betsy Bowen

    University of Minnesota Press 2002; US$ 20.00

    Woodcuts by Betsy BowenBorealis is the North Country as spoken through the voice of Jeff Humphries, who discovers unexpected riches in the wilderness looming around his cabin. As interpreted by renowned illustrator Betsy Bowen, the subjects of the poems come to inhabit the pages of this volume; her spare and beautifully composed woodcuts reveal surprising... more...