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James Merrill and W.H. Auden offers a substantial analysis of the literary and personal relationship between two major twentieth-century poets. As Gwiazda argues, Auden's prominence in the post-World War II American poetry scene as a homosexual poet and critic makes his impact on Merrill particularly noteworthy. Merrill's imaginary recreation of Auden in his occult verse trilogy The Changing Light at Sandover (1982) offers a powerful statement about the dynamics of poetic influence between gay male poets. Combining archival research, textual analysis, and aspects of queer theory, James Merrill and W.H. Auden examines Sandover's implications to the contentious issues of homosexual identity and self-representation.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403984319
ISBN-10: 140398431X
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 17mm)
Pages: 203
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 17-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Piotr K. Gwiazda

Piotr K. Gwiazda is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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