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The National Poetry Foundation, Mar 1, 1994 - Poetry - 310 pages
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Pre-eminent poetry scholar M. L. Rosenthal described Kenneth Fearing as "the chief poet of the American Depression". Commenting on this first complete volume of his poetry, Carl Rakosi wrote, "Fearing's language ... plain and ordinary, has a cadence, a music of its own, not borrowed from any English or French literary models, or any other, that's distinctly American"."The energy, the imagery, the unspooked directness of vision are still startling and as fresh as on first publication ... The book, as artifact, is a rarity among collected works in that it is pleasing, making it a natural for poetry readers and students, as well as unavoidable for libraries, which will need it as another landmark recovery". -- Choice

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Kenneth Fearing's direct, plainspoken verse is like a meeting ground between Walt Whitman and John Dos Passos. His collection Stranger at Coney Island is one of those poetry books that follow me ... Read full review

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An amazing collection, hard to find, well worth looking for though. Read full review


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About the author (1994)

KENNETH FEARING (1902-1961) was born in Oak Park, Illinois. Voted wittiest boy and class pessimist in high school, he moved to New York City after graduating the University of Wisconsin. He published several well received volumes of poetry in addition to his novels, including "Angel Arms," "Dead Reckoning," and "Stranger at Coney Island and other poems."
ROBERT POLITO is the author of "Doubles, A Reader's Guide to James Merrill's "The Changing Light at Sandover and "Savage Art: A Biography of Jim Thompson." He edited the Library of America volumes, "Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s and 1940s" and "Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1950s," and directs the Graduate Writing Program at The New School. He lives in New York.

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