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Collected Prose

Collected Prose
Author: Charles Olson
ISBN 13: 9780520208735
ISBN 10: 520208730
Edition: First Printing
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 1997-12-19
Format: Paperback
Pages: 382
List Price: $38.95

"Collected Prose will introduce a new generation of readers to a central modernist and postmodernist thinker in American letters. For the energy of the avant-garde literary project at midcentury, Olson is it. No one else has the excitement or range."—Robert Hass

"At last we have between two covers some of the most compelling theorizing in postmodern poetics and American Studies ever produced, from one of the defining figures in postwar American poetry. This is that rarest of books, a must-read for poets and scholars alike."—Alan Golding

Library Journal

Poet and critic Olson wrote in a muscular style, one as individualistic as it is exasperating. Yet his writings changed the way literature is written and read: his essay "Projective Verse" gives a name to the poetry written by cummings, Pound, Williams, and other Moderns, and his book Call Me Ishmael tells more about the composition of Moby-Dick than any study before or since. That work and three other Olsen books, along with nine uncollected essays and five previously unpublished pieces, are brought together here by Allen, editor of the influential New American Poetry, 1945-1960, and Friedlander, a poet and doctoral candidate (SUNY at Buffalo). This work isn't easy reading, but for any serious student of the last 150 years of American letters, it is essential.David Kirby, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee