The Gary Snyder Reader: Prose, Poetry, and Translations, 1952-1998

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Counterpoint, Jan 1, 1999 - Literary Criticism - 617 pages
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A compendium of writing by the contemporary American poet, environmental activist, and Zen Buddhist. The poems represent all his stages from the Beat movement to recent achievements, including translations from Japanese and Chinese not published before. Among the prose selections are letters, travel journals, meditations on Buddhism, commentary on communal living, and notes from the lookout tower on Sourdough Mountain.

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Review: The Gary Snyder Reader: Prose, Poetry, and Translations

User Review  - Craig Werner - Goodreads

If I could give it six stars, I would. It's hard for me to express how much I've gotten out of a month-long journey through Snyder's work, from his undergraduate honor's thesis on a Native myth ... Read full review

Review: The Gary Snyder Reader: Prose, Poetry, and Translations

User Review  - Steve Wilson - Goodreads

It's such an extensive anthology of Snyder's amazing work, there will be more to explore for later days. Read full review

Contents

from Earth House Hold
5
from He Who Hunted Birds in His Fathers Village
73
from Passage Through India
129
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About the author (1999)

Gary Snyder was born in San Francisco and received a B.A. in anthropology at Reed College. He attended Indiana University and pursued the study of oriental languages at the University of California at Berkeley. When he was 18, he shipped out of New York as a sailor. He later worked as a logger and forest lookout in Oregon, Washington, and California. Before moving to Japan to study in a Zen monastery under a Bollingen Foundation grant, Snyder worked on an American tanker in the Persian Gulf and South Pacific Islands, then spent four months in India (1961--62). Snyder is one of the most famous Beat poets, along with Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso. He is the most controlled and concise of that school; yet his adventurous life has given his verse a unique range of subject and feeling. Close to nature since childhood, he also is the most widely known poet of the ecology movement. Often his poems have a Zen-like stillness and sharpness of perception, which serves to define the connective web between humanity and the natural universe. Snyder is deeply interested in the American Indian and the idea of the tribe as an alternative to modern culture, or at least an example for modern culture. Besides receiving the first Zen Institute of America Award in 1956, Snyder was the recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Sciences poetry prize in 1966. His essays, Earth House Hold (1969), composed of journal notes and diary excerpts, have become a classsic in the underground ecology movement.

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