The Cambridge History of American Poetry offers a comprehensive exploration of the development of American poetic traditions from their beginnings until the end of the twentieth century. Bringing together the insights of fifty distinguished scholars, this literary history emphasizes the complex roles that poetry has played in American cultural and intellectual life, detailing the variety of ways in which both public and private forms of poetry have met the needs of different communities at different times. The Cambridge History of American Poetry recognizes the existence of multiple traditions and a dramatically fluid can, providing current perspectives on both major authors and a number of representative figures whose work embodies the diversity of America's democratic traditions.
Alfred Bendixen teaches at Princeton University; he is the founder and executive director of the American Literature Association. Much of his scholarship focuses on the recovery of unjustly neglected literary texts and the exploration of neglected genres. He is the author of numerous books on American poetry and literature, including recent titles such as A Companion to the American Novel (2012); A Companion to the American Short Story (2010); and The Cambridge Companion to American Travel Writing (2009), co-edited with Judith Hamera. Stephen Burt is Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Harvard University. His books of literary criticism and scholarship include The Art of the Sonnet (2010), with David Mikics; Close Calls with Nonsense (2009), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award; The Forms of Youth: 20th-Century Poetry and Adolescence (2007); and Randall Jarrell and his Age (2002), winner of the Warren-Brooks Award. He is also the author of three full-length books of poetry: Belmont (2013); Parallel Play (2006); and Popular Music (1999), winner of the Colorado Prize.