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American Originality: Essays on Poetry

Author: Glück, Louise

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

Format:Hardcover

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American Originality: Essays on Poetry : <p><b>A luminous collection of essays from one of our most original and influential poets</b></p><p>Five decades after her debut poetry collection, <i>Firstborn</i>, Louise Glück is a towering figure in American letters. Written with the same probing, analytic control that has long distinguished her poetry, <i>American Originality </i>is Glück's second book of essays—her first, <i>Proofs and Theories</i>, won the 1993 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. Glück's moving and disabusing lyricism is on full display in this decisive new collection.</p><p> From its opening pages, <i>American Originality</i> forces readers to consider contemporary poetry and its demigods in radical, unconsoling, and ultimately very productive ways. Determined to wrest ample, often contradictory meaning from our current literary discourse, Glück comprehends and destabilizes notions of “narcissism” and “genius” that are unique to the American literary climate. This includes erudite analyses of the poets who have interested her throughout her own career, such as Rilke, Pinsky, Chiasson, and Dobyns, and introductions to the first books of poets like Dana Levin, Peter Streckfus, Spencer Reece, and Richard Siken. Forceful, revealing, challenging, and instructive, <i>American Originality</i> is a seminal critical achievement.</p>


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Literary Collections   Essays
Literary Criticism   Poetry

ISBN 13:9780374299552
ISBN 10:0374299552
Format:Hardcover
Language:English
Pages:208
Size:8.54" l x 5.89" w x 0.82" h
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