Call Me Ishmael by Charles Olson
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Call Me Ishmael
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Call Me Ishmael

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Call Me Ishmael by Charles Olson

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First published in 1947, this acknowledged classic of American literary criticism explores the influences--especially Shakespearean ones--on Herman Melville's writing of "Moby-Dick". Olson examines the influence of "King Lear" on Melville's work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801857317
ISBN-10: 0801857317
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 9mm)
Pages: 168
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 19-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Muthologos by Charles Olson Muthologos, Paperback (October 2010)

In this compilation of Olson's transcribed lectures and interviews, we get all that is preserved of a life of talk.

Charles Olson Reader by Charles Olson Charles Olson Reader, Paperback (August 2005)

Charles Olson's influence on the development of British and American poetry through his writing and teaching is immense. His work encompasses myth, history, scholarship and politics. This book includes extracts from a range of Olson's poetry and prose, including letters, interviews and the full text of the key essay 'Projective Verse'.

Selected Letters by Charles Olson Selected Letters, Hardback (February 2001)

This collection of nearly 200 of Charles Olson's letters, span his years from undergraduate, to his death. They show that for Olson, letters were a vehicle for exploratory thought and he emerges as a complex thinker. They also allow the reader to gain insight into his definition of the postmodern.

Maximus Poems by Charles Olson Maximus Poems, Paperback (July 1985)

This work brings together the three volumes of Olson's long poem (originally published in 1960, 1968 and 1975 respectively) in one book.

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US Kirkus Review » This is a book for all devotees of Herman Melville. Olson has done some original and arresting research, in particular the records of the horrifying voyage, disaster and survival of the crew-or part of it- of a whaling ship, the Essex. This record is in and of itself an amazing piece of Americana. Olson indicates its influence once on Melville, who actually know one of the survivors. Another influence Olson traces is that of Shakespeare, proved by reference to an annotated edition read by Melville at the time of the inception of Moby Dick, and by correspondence with Hawthorne. The last part of the book traces the decline of Melville. Olson is not content with mere scholarship; he develops a theory of his own,- that Ahab the villainous hero of Moby Dick represents America with the overweening pride which brought all to tragedy. Unfortunately, the organization of the material is poor; the style is mystical, rapturous; esoteric; "caviaro to the general" - noteworthy to the few. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Charles Olson

Charles Olson (1910-1970), an avant garde poet, literary critic, and literary theorist, is the author of The Maximus Poems, The Distances, The Human Universe and Other Essays, and In Cold Hell, in Thicket.

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