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  • Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Centuryby Eric L. Haralson

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 54.95

    With contributions from over 100 scholars, the Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Centry provides essays on the careers, works, and backgrounds of more than 100 nineteenth-century poets. It also provides entries on specialized categories of twentieth-century verse such as hymns, folk ballads, spirituals, Civil War songs, and Native American... more...

  • Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Centuryby Eric L. Haralson

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 53.95

    The Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century contains over 400 entries that treat a broad range of individual poets and poems, along with many articles devoted to topics, schools, or periods of American verse in the century. Entries fall into three main categories: poet entries, which provide biographical and cultural contexts for... more...

  • Everyday Readingby Mike Chasar

    Columbia University Press 2012; US$ 29.99

    Everyday Reading is the first full-length critical study of the culture surrounding American popular and commercial poetry in the twentieth century. Exploring poetry scrapbooks, old-time radio show recordings, advertising verse, corporate archives, and Hallmark greeting cards, among other unconventional sources, Mike Chasar casts American poetry as... more...

  • Free Verseby Charles O. Hartman

    Princeton University Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    To make sense of free verse" in theory or in practice, the whole study of prosody--the function of rhythm in poetry--must be revised and rethought. Stating this as the issue that poets and critics have faced in the past century, Charles Hartman takes up the challenge and develops a theory of prosody that includes the most characteristic forms of twentieth-century... more...

  • Ghostly Figuresby Ann Keniston

    University of Iowa Press 2015; US$ 49.95

    From Sylvia Plath?s depictions of the Holocaust as a group of noncohering ?bits? to AIDS elegies? assertions that the dead posthumously persist in ghostly form and Susan Howe?s insistence that the past can be conveyed only through juxtaposed ?scraps,? the condition of being too late is one that haunts post-World War II American poetry. This is a poetry... more...

  • Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasureby William Logan

    Columbia University Press 2014; US$ 44.99

    William Logan has been a thorn in the side of American poetry for more than three decades. Though he has been called the “most hated man in American poetry,? his witty and articulate reviews have reminded us how muscular good reviewing can be. These new essays and reviews take poetry at its word, often finding in its hardest cases the greatest reasons... more...

  • Guy Vernonby John Townsend Trowbridge; William Logan

    University of Minnesota Press 2012; US$ 66.00

    Many writers are deservedly forgotten, yet not every act of erasure is just. John Townsend Trowbridge (1827−1916) was a prolific American writer whose novels, plays, and poems, though critically acclaimed in his day, have with good reason not been remembered. He wrote one poem, however, that has been unfairly consigned to oblivion. Guy Vernon... more...

  • Leaves of Grassby Walt Whitman

    Random House Publishing Group 2000; US$ 16.00

    Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as 'disgraceful.' And Ralph Waldo Emerson found Leaves of Grass 'the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed,' calling it a 'combination of the Bhagavad Gita and the New York Herald.' Published at the author's own... more...

  • Leaves of Grassby Susan Belasco

    University of Nebraska Press 2008; US$ 24.95

    Contains seventeen essays by pre-eminent scholars representing a variety of critical perspectives that focus on Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass". This book features contributors who treat Whitman's poetry, his biography, his politics, his reception in the United States and abroad, race and ethnic issues, and nineteenth-century America. more...

  • Lucifer in Harnessby Edwin S. Fussell

    Princeton University Press 2015; US$ 29.95

    For nearly two hundred years the rebellious American poet has been reluctantly harnessed to the English language and literary tradition. In a triptych of essays, Edwin Fussell attempts "to explore the fundamental dilemma of American poetry as it appears in the three crucial fields of meter, metaphor, and poetic diction, the three crucial fields of... more...