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Description - The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry by Jay Parini

What is "American poetry?" Is there truly such a thing as an American poetic tradition, spanning nearly 400 years from colonial times to the 20th century? This volume is an authoritative survey of the elusive category that is the poetry of the American people. The reference work covers all of the major American poets, from the colonial to the contemporary. Anne Bradstreet, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Adrienne Rich are all included. The editor has also selected a broad sampling of poetry from voices that have not been heard as widely over the years. Here, for the first time, is a thorough collection of 19th- and 20th-century poetry by women, Native Americans, and African Americans. Readers will discover the early 20th-century movement of African-American poetic expression, dubbed the Harlem Renaissance, with such poets as James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Bennett and Langston Hughes.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231081221
ISBN-10: 0231081227
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 157mm x mm)
Pages: 757
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 11-May-1995
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jay Parini

JAY PARINI is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College. A former Guggenheim Fellow and Visiting Fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford, Parini has written three volumes of poetry, four novels, a critical evaluation of Theodore Roethke's work, and a biography of John Steinbeck. He has written for The Columbia Literary History of the United States, and edited Gore Vidal: A Retrospective and The Columbia History of American Poetry, all published by Columbia University Press.

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