Robert Creeley: A Biography. Ekbert Faas, Robert Creeley.

Robert Creeley: A Biography

Hanover, MA: University Press of New England, 2001. First Edition. Hardcover. "What is attempted here is a life writing or life writing itself, the biographer letting the documents speak, speaking through them, impersonating voices, sense of humor, ironies, sarcasms, hypocrises. Rather than the urge to ascertain certain facts, it is carried by the awareness of how our lives' 'events' inevitably come filtered through memory, of how imagination's decaying sense constantly reinvents what we forget, even seconds after the fact." (from "Personal Preface"). In this controversial biography of Robert Creeley, biographer Ekbert Faas builds upon previously-available existing material and adds to the picture excerpts from the memoirs and journals of Ann MacKinnon, Creeley's first wife with which he founded the Divers Press on the island of Majorca in Spain, where he published Charles Olson, Paul Blackburn and others in extremely limited editions. This biography is controversial in that Faas "...shows his undisguised bias: that is, his predilection for the younger poet's not so "decent" character and "crotchety purview" on life, as denounced by his older double; his fascination with the Rimbaud-type "monstrosity" and unself-pitying candour manifest in much of Creeley's early work; and finally, his disaffection with what followed -- preferences more fully accounted for in the afterword. Hence...this biography's primary focus on the period from 1926-66, the first forty years of a poet..." ("Personal Preface"). Book in very fine condition, essentially mint; dust jacket in fine condition with minor rubbing; light scuffs, scratches & nicks to front, back covers. Very Fine / fine. [Item #2809]

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