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- DescriptionA seminal figure in post-World War II literature, Charles Olson (1910-1970) has helped define the postmodern sensibility. His poetry is marked by an almost limitless range of interest and extraordinary depth of feeling. Olson's themes are among the largest conceivable: empowering love, political responsibility, historical discovery and cultural reckoning, the wisdom of dreams and the transformation of consciousness - all carried in a voice both intimate and grand, American and timeless, impassioned and coolly demanding. Until recently, Olson's reputation as a major figure in American literature has rested primarily on his theoretical writings and his epic work, the Maximus Poems . With The Collected Poems an even more impressive Olson emerges. This volume brings together all of Olson's work and extends the poetic accomplishment that influenced a generation. Charles Olson was praised by his contemporaries and emulated by his successors. He was declared by William Carlos Williams to be 'a major poet with a sweep of understanding of the world, a feeling for other men that staggers me.' His indispensable essays, Projective Verse and Human Universe, and his study of Melville, Call Me Ishmael , remain as fresh today as when they were written.
- Author BiographyGeorge F. Butterick was the editor of the complete Maximus Poems and author of A Guide to the Maximus Poems (California, 1978). He served as Curator of the Literary Archives at the University of Connecticut, which houses Charles Olson's papers.
- Author(s)Charles Olson
- PublisherUniversity of California Press
- Date of Publication16/10/1997
- SubjectPoetry Texts & Poetry Anthologies
- Place of PublicationBerkerley
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of California Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight1362 g
- Width181 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine44 mm
- Volume editorGeorge F. Butterick
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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