The William Carlos Williams Reader

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New Directions Publishing, 1966 - Literary Collections - 412 pages
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Selections from Williams' drama, fiction, prose, autobiography and major poetry are critically introduced
  

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User Review  - Lance Lusk - Goodreads

I've grown to appreciate this grumpy old physician/craftsman with the painterly eye. This is a nice overview volume with appropriate and comprehensive selections from his poetry and prose. Read full review

Contents

Proletarian Portrait 1935
34
The Term 1938
41
The Dance 1944
47
And Who Do You Think They Are? 1950 5 3
53
The Last Words of My English Grandmother 1951
60
Book II Part I Sunday in the Park 1948
75
Book V Part II 1958
93
IMPROVISATIONS
103
from A Dream of Love I i 1948
261
from The Autobiography 1951
285
from In the American Grain 1925
330
TEXTUAL NOTE
410
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About the author (1966)

Poet, artist, and practicing physician of Rutherford, New Jersey, William Carlos Williams wrote poetry that was experimental in form, ranging from imagism to objectivism, with great originality of idiom and human vitality. Credited with changing and directing American poetry toward a new metric and language, he also wrote a large number of short stories and novels. Paterson (1946--58), about the New Jersey city of that name, was his epic and places him with Ezra Pound of the Cantos as one of the great shapers of the long poem in this century. National recognition did not come early, but eventually Williams received many honors, including a vice-presidency of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1952); the Bollingen Prize (1953); the $5,000 fellowship of the Academy of American Poets; the Loines Award for poetry of the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1948); and the Brandeis Award (1957). Book II of Paterson received the first National Book Award for poetry in 1949. Williams was named consultant in poetry in English to the Library of Congress for 1952--53. Williams's continuously inventive style anchored not only objectivism, the school to which he most properly belongs, but also a long line of subsequent poets as various as Robert Lowell, Frank O'Hara, and Allen Ginsberg. With Stevens, he forms one of the most important sources of a specifically American tradition of modernism. In addition to his earlier honors, Williams received two important awards posthumously, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (1963) and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1963).

M.L. Rosenthal was Professor Emeritus at New York University and lectured and read around the world. His many books include The Modern Poets: A Critical Introduction, The Modern Poetic Sequence: The Genius of Modern Poetry (with Sally M. Gall) The Poet's Art, and Our Life in Poetry, and As for Love:
Poems and Translations.

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