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Randall Jarrell's Letters

An Autobiographical and Literary Selection

Randall Jarrell's Letters( )
Editor: Jarrell, Randall
Author: Jarrell, Mary
Wright, Stuart
Burt, Stephen
ISBN:978-0-8139-2153-2
Publication Date:Jan 2003
Publisher:University of Virginia Press
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $30.00
Book Description:

In this expanded edition of Randall Jarrell's letters, his widow, Mary, has added letters from Jarrell to Peter Taylor, publication of which was withheld during Taylor's lifetime. Taylor was, along with Robert Lowell, Jarrell's oldest and closest friend, and the inclusion of these incomparable letters adds another dimension of friendship, artistry, and intellect to a collection already noted for its behind-the-scenes glimpse of twentieth-century American literary history in the making.

Book Details
Pages:576
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / Poetry
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):6.12 x 9.25 Inches
Book Weight:0.77 Pounds
Author Biography
Jarrell, Mary (Editor)
Randall Jarrell was born in Nashville, Tennessee on May 6, 1914. He earned a bachelor's and master's degrees from Vanderbilt University. His first book of poetry, Blood from a Stranger, was published in 1942. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Force as a control tower operator. His other books of poetry include Little Friend, Little Friend; Losses; and The Lost World. He won the National Book Award in 1961 for The Woman at the Washington Zoo.

In addition to writing poetry, he reviewed it during a brief period spent as poetry editor for The Nation. Poetry and the Age and A Sad Heart at the Supermarket are collections of his essays as a poetry critic. His teaching career included stints at Kenyon College, the University of Texas, Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Illinois, and the University of North Carolina/Greensboro. He also was the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title Poet Laureate. He was hit by a car in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and died in October 14, 1965 at the age of 51.

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