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Randall Jarrell and His Age

ISBN-10: 023112595X

ISBN-13: 9780231125956

Edition: 2005

Authors: Stephen Burt

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Randall Jarrell (1914-1965) was the most influential poetry critic of his generation. He was also a lyric poet, comic novelist, translator, childrens book author, and close friend of Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Hannah Arendt, and many other important writers of his time. Jarrell won the 1960 National Book Award for poetry and served as poetry consultant to the Library of Congress. Amid the resurgence of interest in Randall Jarrell, Stephen Burt offers this brilliant analysis of the poet and essayist. Burts book examines all of Jarrells work, incorporating new research based on previously undiscovered essays and poems. Other books have examined Jarrells poetry in biographical or formal terms, but none have considered both his aesthetic choices and their social contexts. Beginning with an overview of Jarrells life and loves, Burt argues that Jarrells poetry responded to the political questions of the 1930s, the anxieties and social constraints of wartime America, and the apparent prosperity, domestic ideals, and professional ideology that characterized the 1950s. Jarrells work is peopled by helpless soldiers, anxious suburban children, trapped housewives, and lonely consumers. "Randall Jarrell and His Age" situates the poet-critic among his peers -including Bishop, Lowell, and Arendt -in literature and cultural criticism. Burt considers the ways in which Jarrells efforts and achievements encompassed the concerns of his time, from teen culture to World War II to the Cuban Missile Crisis; the book asks, too, how those efforts might speak to us now.
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 4/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Stephen Burt is assistant professor of English at Macalester College. He is the author of Randall Jarrell and His Ageand Popular Music, a collection of poems. His reviews and essays on poetry have appeared in several journals, including the Boston Review, London Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Antechapter: Randall Jarrell's Life
Jarrell's Interpersonal Style
Institutions, Professions, Criticism
Psychology and Psychoanalysis
Time and Memory
Childhood and Youth
Men, Women, Children, Families
Conclusion: "What We See and Feel and Are"
Notes
Bibliography
Index