Assays. Kenneth Rexroth.
Assays

Assays

New York, NY: New Directions, 1961. First Trade Softcover Edition. Softcover. "Rexroth sees the entire spectrum of world culture as being within the range--of understanding and enjoyment--of the average intelligent reader if only the critic will write, not down to him, but with the reader's legitimate everyday-life interests in mind: information, human values and moral issues. These 'Assays' range from an explanation of Kabbalism...notes on ancient Chinese science...American Indian Songs and the personality problems of Whistler, Turner and Van Gogh. They also deal extensively with literature: Mark Twain, Henry James, H.G. Wells...William Carlos Williams; the influence of French poetry on American; [and] his own experience as a poet in translating poetry." A fitting title for a notoriously fiery and confrontational literary intellectual, Kenneth Rexroth's "Assays" are composed with a self-styled matter-of-fact attitude befitting of the wrist-slapping old Man of Letters. Notoriety aside, his immense power as a poet and translator is not to be doubted, as is shown in the many volumes under his own name and by a list of the poets who consider themselves better for having worked with him. Book in fine condition with slight shelf-wear to all fine-edges; thin diagonal crease near bottom fine-edge of back cover at center-middle; slightest rubbing to front, back covers. Fine. [Item #3037]

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