The Contemporary American Poets: American Poetry Since 1940. Mark Strand, Alan Ansen, John Ashberry, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Bly, Tom Clark, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Donald Hall, David Ignatow, Kenneth Koch, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, Gary Snyder, Diane Wakoski.

The Contemporary American Poets: American Poetry Since 1940

New York, NY & Cleveland, OH: The New American Library, Inc./ The World Publishing Company, 1969. First Printing. Hardcover. "The Contemporary American Poets is a collection of representative work by the best poets writing in the U.S.A. It stays clear of bias, favoring no one group of poets over any other, reflecting, instead, the rich variety that characterizes contemporary American poetry...(providing) the reader with the clearest and most comprehensive view of what has taken place in American poetry in recent years." (from front flap) A sweeping anthology of 92 great American poets' exemplary works during the fertile mid-twentieth century period from 1940 through the late 1960s. Included of course are groundbreaking poems by the foremost figures of the Beat Generation, as well as their most renowned contemporaries from all schools & modes: Alan Ansen, John Ashberry, John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Bly, Tom Clark, Gregory Corso, Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Donald Hall, David Ignatow, Kenneth Koch, Denise Levertov, Philip Levine, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Frank O'Hara, Charles Olson, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Anne Sexton, Gary Snyder, Diane Wakoski & many more. Edited, with a preface & contribution by Mark Strand (1934-2014), the towering, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet & prose writer who was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States in 1990. First edition hardcover, first printing as stated on copyright page. A seminal gathering of key poems from a key era in American letters. Book in relatively quite fine condition with only mild wear at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine esp. lower spine edge with very slight loss of surface; mild rubbing & occasional spotting to edges of text block esp. upper edge. Interior very fine with only light browning mostly at blank margins of page leaves. Unclipped dust jacket also in fine condition with only mild rubbing, light browning esp. at margins & a few short, faint creases to front, back covers, esp. spine & flaps; mild wear & a few tiny bumps, thin creases at edges & corners of same; a few tiny, mostly closed tears & slight area of surface loss at & near lower spine edge. Fine / Fine. [Item #3237]

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