Paper Trail: Selected Prose, 1965-2003

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Oct 12, 2005 - Literary Collections - 448 pages
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Richard Howard has been writing stylish, deeply informed commentary on modern culture and literature for more than four decades. Here is a selection of his finest essays, including some never before published in book form, on a splendid range of subjects--from American poets like Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore to French artists such as Rodin and Michel Delacroix. Also included are considerations of modern sculpture and of the photography of the human body. Howard's intense familiarity with modern poetry is seen to excellent effect in essays on the "poetry of forgetting," on the causes and effects of experimental poetry, and on the first books of poets whose work he helped introduce--among them, J. D. McClatchy, Frank Bidart, and Cynthia MacDonald. Of course, Howard brings to his consideration of French literature a rare wisdom drawn from his celebrated work as a translator of Stendhal and Gide, Barthes and Cocteau, Yourcenar and Gracq.

Hilton Kramer once wrote that Richard Howard "performs the essential critical service. He shows us the extent of the terrain. He points out its essential features. And he gives us a very vivid sense of its ethos as well as of its esthetics." Howard, now in his seventy-fifth year, continues his adroit, inventive commentary, which enriches us all.


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Howard, a noted poet, translator, scholar, and critic, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 and was more recently poet laureate of New York State (1994-96). Published simultaneously with Inner Voices ... Read full review


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A Note on the Lyric
The Resonance of Henq James in American Poetq
Marianne Moore and the Monkey Business
Sharing Secrets 1992
Sand 1989
People Figures 1970
Eleven Caprices on the Work of Michel Delacroix
The Menil Collection 1990
An Appreciation of Cy Twombly
Childhood Amnesia 1969

On Michael Lekakis 1975
The Ma lethor e Effect 1988

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Richard Howard is a poet, scholar, teacher, critic, and translator. Paper Trail is published simultaneously by FSG with Howard's Inner Voices: Selected Poems, 1963-2003. He teaches at Columbia University and is poetry editor of The Paris Review.

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