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A Gift That Cannot Be Refused: The Writing and Publishing of Contemporary American Poetry First Edition
Contributor(s): Biggs, Mary

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ISBN: 0313266735     ISBN-13: 9780313266737
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
OUR PRICE: $88.20  

Binding Type: Hardcover
Published: March 1990
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Annotation: This unique interdisciplinary work is the first book to bring systematically gathered and analyzed data to bear on the question of how contemporary poetry reaches the American public. It explores the publishing patterns, experiences, methods, motivations, and rewards of 203 living American poets from 1950 through 1980. Among the many well-known poets who participated in the study are John Ashbery, William Stafford, Maxine Kumin, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Philip Levine, Carolyn Forche, Marilyn Hacker, and May Swenson.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Literature publishing; United States; History; 20th century.
American poetry; 20th century; History and criticism.
Poetry; Authorship; History; 20th century.
BISAC Categories:
- Literary Criticism | American
Dewey: 808.1
LCCN: 89011939
Academic/Grade Level: Scholarly/Undergraduate
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 6.25" W x 1.00" (1.40 lbs) 282 pages
 
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This unique work is the first book to bring systematically gathered and analyzed data to bear on the question of how contemporary poetry reaches the American public. It explores the publishing patterns, experiences, methods, motivations, and rewards of 203 living American poets from 1950 through 1980. Although all the poets have published quite widely, including at least one poetry book, they range from the little-known to the famous, from the well-established to the relatively young, from those who write in more or less traditional forms to the highly experimental. Among the many poets who cooperated in the study are Philip Levine, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, Theodore Enslin, Maxine Kumin, May Swenson, Donald Justice, William Stafford, Mona Van Duyn, Robert Hass, and Robert Pinsky. The book also explores the roles played by the major categories of periodicals that publish poetry-general interest magazines, academic literary journals, and independent "little magazines." Commercial book presses, university presses, and "small presses" are also tracked and analyzed. Information for this study was obtained from various sources, including the many hundreds of little magazines and academic literary journals published throughout the thirty years; published interviews, with articles and statements by the 203 poets; and an extensive questionnaire survey sent to the poets, as well as many expansive letters that accommodate their returned questionnaires. Two chapters "frame" the findings. Chapter 1 surveys the publishing of American poetry from approximately 1900 through the 1940s, highlighting important tendencies and trends that continued through 1980. Chapter 8 surveys American poetrypublishing since 1980, paying special attention to the major change during this decade: the dramatic decline in public funding for nonprofit literary enterprises. This volume should appeal to those interested in the sociology of publishing, American literature, or creative writing.

Contributor Bio(s):

MARY BIGGS is Director of Libraries at Mercy College in Westchester County, New York and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Library Service. Dr. Biggs has served as an Editor or Co-editor for a number of titles, including Editor's Choice II: Poetry, Fiction, and Art from the U.S. Small Press, 1978-1983, Men & Women: Together & Alone and Publishers and Librarians: A Foundation for Dialogue.

MARY BIGGS is Director of Libraries at Mercy College in Westchester County, New York and an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Library Service. Dr. Biggs has served as an Editor or Co-editor for a number of titles, includingEditor's Choice II: Poetry, Fiction, and Art from the U.S. Small Press, 1978-1983,Men & Women: Together & Alone and Publishers and Librarians: A Foundation for Dialogue.


 
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