The Oxford Book of American Poetry

The Oxford Book of American Poetry

David Lehman

Language: English

Pages: 1200

ISBN: 019516251X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The Oxford Book of American Poetry

David Lehman

Language: English

Pages: 1200

ISBN: 019516251X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Here is the eagerly awaited new edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry brought completely up to date and dramatically expanded by poet David Lehman. It is a rich, capacious volume, featuring the work of more than 200 poets-almost three times as many as the 1976 edition. With a succinct and often witty head note introducing each author, it is certain to become the definitive anthology of American poetry for our time.

Lehman has gathered together all the works one would expect to find in a landmark collection of American poetry, from Whitman's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry to Stevens's The Idea of Order at Key West, and from Eliot's The Waste Land to Ashbery's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. But equally important, the editor has significantly expanded the range of the anthology. The book includes not only writers born since the previous edition, but also many fine poets overlooked in earlier editions or little known in the past but highly deserving of attention. The anthology confers legitimacy on the Objectivist poets; the so-called Proletariat poets of the 1930s; famous poets who fell into neglect or were the victims of critical backlash (Edna St. Vincent Millay); poets whose true worth has only become clear with the passing of time (Weldon Kees). Among poets missing from Richard Ellmann's 1976 volume but published here are W. H. Auden, Charles Bukowski, Donald Justice, Carolyn Kizer, Kenneth Koch, Stanley Kunitz, Emma Lazarus, Mina Loy, Howard Moss, Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, James Schuyler, Elinor Wylie, and Louis Zukosky. Many more women are represented: outstanding poets such as Josephine Jacobsen, Josephine Miles, May Swenson. Numerous African-American poets receive their due, and unexpected figures such as the musicians Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Robert Johnson have a place in this important work.

This stunning collection redefines the great canon of American poetry from its origins in the 17th century right up to the present. It is a must-have anthology for anyone interested in American literature and a book that is sure to be consulted, debated, and treasured for years to come.

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JONES VERY (1813-1880) HENRY DAVID THOREAU (1817-1862) JULIA WARD HOWE (1819-1910) JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL (1819-1891) WALT WHITMAN (1819-1892) HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891) FREDERICK GODDARD TUCKERMAN (1821-1873) HENRY TIMROD (1828-1867) EMILY DICKINSON (1830-1886) EMMA LAZARUS (1849-1887) EDWIN MARKHAM (1852-1940) KATHARINE LEE BATES (1859-1929) ERNEST LAWRENCE THAYER (1863-1940) EDGAR LEE MASTERS (1868-1950) EDWIN ARLINGTON ROBINSON (1869-1935) STEPHEN CRANE (1871-1900) JAMES WELDON

JOHNSON (1871-1938) PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR (1872-1906) ROBERT FROST (1874-1963) AMY LOWELL (1874-1925) GERTRUDE STEIN (1874-1946) TRUMBULL STICKNEY (1874-1904) ADELAIDE CRAPSEY (1878-1914) CARL SANDBURG (1878-1967) WALLACE STEVENS (1879-1955) ANGELINA WELD GRIMKE (1880-1958) MINA LOY (1882-1966) WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS (1883-1963) EZRA POUND (1885-1972) ELINOR WYLIE (1885-1928) H.D. (HILDA DOOLITTLE) (1886-1961) ROBINSON JEFFERS (1887-1962) MARIANNE MOORE (1887-1972) T. S. E L I O

T (1888-1965) JOHN CROWE RANSOM (1888-1974) CONRAD AIKEN (1889-1973) CLAUDE MCKAY (1889-1948) ARCHIBALD MACLEISH (1892-1982) EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY (1892-1950) SAMUEL GREENBERG (1893-1917) DOROTHY PARKER (1893-1967) E. E. CUMMINGS (1894-1962) CHARLES REZNIKOFF (1894-1976) H. PHELPS PUTNAM (1894-1948) BESSIE SMITH (1894-1931) JEAN TOOMER (1894-1967) MARK VAN DOREN (1894-1972) LOUISE BOGAN (1897-1970) JOHN WHEELWRIGHT (1897-1940) STEPHEN VINCENT BENET (1898-1943) MELVIN B. TOLSON

(1913-1989) JOHN BERRYMAN (1914-1972) RANDALL JARRELL (1914-1965) WELDON KEES (1914-1955) WILLIAM STAFFORD (1914-1993) RUTH STONE (b. 1915) GWENDOLYN BROOKS (1917-2000) RUTH HERSCHBERGER (b. 1917) ROBERT LOWELL (1917-1977) JOAN MURRAY (1917-1942) WILLIAM BRONK (1918-1999) ROBERT DUNCAN (1919-1988) CHARLES BUKOWSKI (1920-1994) AMY CLAMPITT (1920-1994) BARBARA GUEST (b. 1920) HOWARD NEMEROV (1920-1991) MONA VAN DUYN (1921-2004) RICHARD WILBUR (b. 1921) HOWARD MOSS (1922-1987)

C. K. WILLIAMS (b. 1936) CHARLES SIMIC (b. 1938) FRANK BIDART (b. 1939) CARL DENNIS (b. 1939) TOM DISCH (b. 1940) FANNY HOWE (b. 1940) ROBERT PINSKYOD (b. 1940) TOM CLARK (b. 1941) BILLY COLLINS (b. 1941) BOB DYLAN (b. 1941) ROBERT HASS (b. 1941) LYN HEJINIAN (b. 1941) MARILYN HACKER (b. 1942) LINDA GREGG (b. 1942) ANN LAUTERBACH (b. 1942) WILLIAM MATTHEWS (1942-1997) SHARON OLDS (b. 1942) RON PADGETT (b. 1942) LOUISE GLUCK(b. 1943) MICHAEL PALMER (b. 1943) JAMES TATE (b.

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