The New Anthology of American Poetry: Modernisms, 1900-1950

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Steven Gould Axelrod, Camille Roman, Thomas J. Travisano
Rutgers University Press, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 819 pages
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Overview: Steven Gould Axelrod, Camille Roman, and Thomas Travisano continue the standard of excellence set in Volumes I and II of this extraordinary anthology. Volume III provides the most compelling and wide-ranging selection available of American poetry from 1950 to the present. Its contents are just as diverse and multifaceted as America itself and invite readers to explore the world of poetry in the larger historical context of American culture. Nearly three hundred poems allow readers to explore canonical works by such poets as Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, and Sylvia Plath, as well as song lyrics from such popular musicians as Bob Dylan and Queen Latifah. Because contemporary American culture transcends the borders of the continental United States, the anthology also includes numerous transnational poets, from Julia de Burgos to Derek Walcott. Whether they are the works of oblique avant-gardists like John Ashbery or direct, populist poets like Allen Ginsberg, all of the selections are accompanied by extensive introductions and footnotes, making the great poetry of the period fully accessible to readers for the first time.

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STEVEN GOULD AXELROD is a professor of English at the University of California at Riverside. He is the author of Robert Lowell: Life and Art and Sylvia Plath: The Wound and the Cure of Words and the co-editor of books on Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams.

CAMILLE ROMAN is an associate professor of English, American studies, and Women's studies at Washington State University. She has published a dozen books on women and language, American music, and Elizabeth Bishop as well as essays on Robert Frost, Billie Holiday, Edna Millay, Amy Lowell, and Louise Bogan. She is a president-elect of the Robert Frost Society.

THOMAS TRAVISANO is a professor of English at Hartwick College. He is the author of Elizabeth Bishop: Her Artistic Development and Midcentury Quartet: Bishop, Lowell, Jarrell, Berryman and the Making of a Postmodern Aesthetic and the co-editor of Gendered Modernisms: American Women Poets and Their Readers.