The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical History. Hart Crane, Allen Ginsberg, Frank, O'Hara.

The American Poet at the Movies: A Critical History

ISBN: 0472105086
Ann Arbor, MI: The University of Michigan Press, 1994. First Edition. Hardcover. "Laurence Goldstein...presents a series of case studies that show how poets perceived the new technology of cinema as not only a rival threatening to their prestige but also as a sister art deserving of encouragement. Each chapter places a key poem at its center and takes up issues arising from the engagement of these two art forms, such as the poets' mixed feelings about living in a national culture dominated by visual media. How black, women, Jewish and gay writers have chosen to represent the movies is an important part of the study. Whether it is Hart Crane writing on Chaplin, Delmore Schwartz on Marilyn Monroe, Frank O'Hara on James Dean, or Louise Erdrich on John Wayne, poets have made sense of their own time by reference to film icons and values shared by all Americans, thanks to the dream factory- Hollywood." (from catalog prospectus) A pioneering & deeply insightful work of scholarship that zeroes in on the profound effect of cinema on modern American poets, by Laurence Goldstein, Emeritus Professor at the University of Michigan here in our Ann Arbor headquarters; long-time emeritus editor of U of M's venerable journal, The Michigan Quarterly; & an acclaimed author & poet. Among the great American poets who have been inspired/provoked by movies & their stars since their earliest days who are quoted & analyzed here are Beat Generation founding father Allen Ginsberg & New York School icon Frank O'Hara. Included is a cut-or-copied prospectus of this book from an unknown catalog, by the publisher (appropriately for once the UM Press) or a bookseller, loosely where we found it at inner back cover. A work of important literary niche scholarship, & a most desirable Goldstein collectible. Book in exceptionally very fine condition, substantially mint inside & out. Unclipped dust jacket also in extremely fine condition with only very slight rubbing & scratching to front, back covers & spine; a tiny bit of wear & miniscule bumps at edges & corners of same. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #3189]

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