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John Berryman's Personal Library: A Catalogue, Vol. 70
Richard J. Kelly
0820439983
January 1999
Library Binding
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Book Description
This catalogue of poet John Berryman's (1914-1972) personal library provides unique insight into the life and work, the range of thought and emotion, and the special interests and enthusiasms of the man the British critic Donald Davie described as "one of the most gifted and intelligent Americans of his time." The library is, just for the volumes alone, a distinguished one in several areas. What makes it especially valuable though, as this study conveys, is the extensive pencil and ink record of Berryman's passionate and lifelong interaction with the books.


Homage of Mistress Bradstreet
John Berryman
0374506604
Jan 1956
Paperback
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The Wounded Surgeon: Confession and Transformation in Six American Poets (Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, Delmore Schwartz and Sylvia Plath)
Adam Kirsch
0393051978
May 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The "great constellation" of writers Kirsch discusses have been praised as the first wave of "confessional" poets, but he finds this received opinion misguided. What makes these poets special, he argues, is not that they spilled their emotional guts on the page, but the ways in which they transformed these personal experiences into art: "their primary motive was aesthetic," he says. Kirsch, book critic for the New York Sun, emphasizes the "deliberate manipulation of tone and language" in poems that some readers have mistaken for straightforward autobiographical expressions, particularly in discussing Lowell (whom he considers the best American poet born in the last century). Such discussion sets the tone for the later chapters; the sameness of the thesis is mitigated by very close readings of each poet's verse in...


John Berryman: Selected Poems
John Berryman
1931082693
November 2004
Hardcover
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From The Washington Post's Book World/washingtonpost.com
John Berryman (1914-72) has one of the most idiosyncratic voices in American poetry. That voice, which is everywhere on display in a new Selected Poems, capably edited by Kevin Young, is by turns quirky and whimsical, brilliantly learned and painfully mannered, smart-alecky, anguished. Berryman combined a passionate, disruptive syntax with an irreverent blend of highbrow and lowbrow dictions -- part Shakespeare, part minstrel show, part baby talk. Who could have predicted such a salty, ostentatious and exaggerated comic style -- or known that it would come to seem so intensely literary and inevitably American? Imagine Emily Dickinson crossed with Bessie Smith and Groucho Marx. The results, to use one of Berryman's favorite words, are "delicious." No significant American poet is...


77 Dream Songs
John Berryman
0374508488
Jan 1964
Paperback
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John Berryman: A Descriptive Bibliography
Ernest C. Stefanik
0822932814
December 1974
Hardcover
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The Dream Songs
John Berryman
0374516707
June 1982
Paperback
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Book Description
This edition combines 77 Dream Songs, awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1965, and His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, which won the National Book Award for Poetry in 1969. It contains 385 songs, an index of first lines, an index of titles, and a note by the author.

In his essay on the work, Denis Donoghue says: "John Berryman has now completed the long poem, The Dream Songs, begun in 1955 . . . The poet resolved it [the problem of a long poem] in his own way; not Eliot's way in Four Quartets, Williams's way in Paterson, Pound's way in the Cantos, or Hart Crane's way in The Bridge . . . Mr. Berryman's answer was to conceive a diary, a dream diary."

"A major achievement," writes A. Alvarez in The Observer. "He has written an elegy on his brilliant...


Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet
Charlotte Gordon
0316169048
March 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
When Anne Bradstreet (1612?-1672) published her first book of poetry, The Tenth Muse, in 1650, she called it the "ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain." Yet, as poet Gordon (Two Girls on a Raft) demonstrates in this plodding and unilluminating biography, Bradstreet uttered those words more out of self-defense than regret. From her adolescence to the publication of her book, the Puritan poet viewed her work as a vocation that enabled her to worship God in vivid homespun images and to express sometimes complex theological ideas in plain language. Gordon depicts Bradstreet as a woman of her time, required to submit to her father and husband in religious and social matters. Gordon demonstrates that Bradstreet nevertheless benefited from the privileges of a literary education. Her family's social and religious...


Berryman's Understanding: Reflections on the Poetry of John Berryman
Harry Thomas (Editor)
1555530273
May 1988
Hardcover
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Berryman's Shakespeare
John Berryman
0374527504
Dec 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Issued in the wake of major books on Shakespeare by Harold Bloom and Helen Vendler, this compendium of admiring, cogent and reflective essays, which have remained uncollected since Berryman's suicide in 1972, testifies to the unusually resilient and enduring value of the Bard's oeuvre. A poet known primarily for his sequence poem The Dream Songs (1969), Berryman gave three lecture series on Shakespeare but left his ambitious written projects, including an annotated edition of King Lear and a critical biography, unfinished. Given these circumstances, readers will be grateful for Haffenden's extensive introduction, which helpfully contextualizes the bibliographical ambiguities of the extant editions of the plays. The book's five sections afford readers an opportunity to examine Berryman's lifelong obsession with...


Stephen Crane
John Berryman
0815411154
Aug 2001
(Paperback) - Revised Ed.
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From Library Journal
Crane was popular while alive, but slipped quickly into obscurity after his death. He died at age 28 but did leave a legacy of published novels, short stories, poetry, and journalism. Released initially in 1950 and then revised in 1962, this was the first serious critical look at Crane, buttressing his reputation as a great American artist, although his creativity, or at least his application of it, came sporadically. Berryman offers lots of insight into Crane's creative process. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
This is the most penetrating study available about the life and specifically the writing of Stephen Crane.


Dream Song: The Life of John Berryman
Paul Mariani
1558490175
March 1996
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This is not a critical biography of Berryman, and readers not familiar with the pulsations and contortions of his poetry might wish that it were. Here, however, is the man, by turns kind, arrogant and belligerent; obsessed with poetry, women and his father's early suicide; a compulsive alcoholic with a self-destructive streak that drove him to suicide in 1972 at age 58. Berryman lived at the very heart of the Anglo-American literary world, associating with the likes of Mark Van Doren, E. P. Blackmur, Delmore Schwartz, Robert Lowell, Randall Jarrell, T. S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas and W. H. Auden. He possessed a dynamic if sometimes outrageous presence, and was by all accounts a spellbinding teacher. Although he found his poetic voice late and never quite achieved the resonant Yeatsian simplicity he seems to have been...


John Berryman and the Thirties: A Memoir
E. M. Halliday
0870235850
February 1988
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Except for 50 letters written by Berryman to the author during their university days (which, incidentally, provide a fascinating account of the poet's rapid growth under the influence of mentor Mark Van Doren from prep school lout to intellectual), the bulk of this memoir is, unfortunately, more Halliday than Berryman. Milt Halliday was Berryman's best friend at Columbia in 1933-34a time in which the poet's inattention to his books in favor of partying nearly got him booted from the university. Halliday's nostalgic recapitulation of their sophomoric escapades is singularly unenlightening. Their regular correspondence began with Halliday's transfer to the University of Michigan and remained strong till Berryman's return from the University of Cambridge in 1938. The two friends were reunited in Ann Arbor, but it is...


John Berryman & the Thirties
E. M. Halliday
0870235842
Feb 1988
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Except for 50 letters written by Berryman to the author during their university days (which, incidentally, provide a fascinating account of the poet's rapid growth under the influence of mentor Mark Van Doren from prep school lout to intellectual), the bulk of this memoir is, unfortunately, more Halliday than Berryman. Milt Halliday was Berryman's best friend at Columbia in 1933-34a time in which the poet's inattention to his books in favor of partying nearly got him booted from the university. Halliday's nostalgic recapitulation of their sophomoric escapades is singularly unenlightening. Their regular correspondence began with Halliday's transfer to the University of Michigan and remained strong till Berryman's return from the University of Cambridge in 1938. The two friends were reunited in Ann Arbor, but it is...


John Berryman: Collected Poems, 1937-1971
John Berryman
0374522812
August 1991
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
For readers unattuned to what Thornbury here calls "Berryman's strange and dissonant music," this gathering of verse may unlock the poems' inner recesses. In his extensive introductory essay, the editor, who teaches at St. John's University in Minnesota, explores Berryman's poetry of disrupted syntax, of continual deaths and rebirths, of self-deceptions and ultimate self-understanding. He also provides a biographical context for the sonnets, satires and confessionals, taking into account the poet's peripatetic boyhood, his suppressed rage at his father's suicide, his metamorphoses as Cambridge don, alcoholic philanderer, itinerant professor-poet and suicide at age 57. Berry displayed his febrile inventiveness as early as Sonnets to Chris (1947), a cycle included here that is by turns romantically tender, cynical,...


Basic Techniques for Successful Fly Tying
Brad Befus
087108919X
Oct 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Master the basic techniques that will allow you to tie thousands of different patterns for fly fishing with speed, ease, and efficiency. In Basic Techniques for Successful Fly Tying, authors Befus and Berryman accelerate the learning curve by breaking down each of the individual fly-tying techniques step by step. With simple instruction and more than 200 color photographs and illustrations, the authors: * Set up shop with sound advice for materials, lighting, workbenches, vises, and other tools and equipment.
* Troubleshoot common problems that beginning flytyers encounter such as material selection, figuring out proportions, working with dubbing, and controlling the tying thread.
* Present tailing, hackling, winging, and dubbing techniques and more. This straightforward instruction has helped thousands of...


Pike on the Fly
Barry Reynolds
1555661130
Oct 1993
Paperback
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From Booklist
There's a plethora of fly fishing books on the market, but it's refreshing to see one that's not about trout. Fly fishing for pike and their cousins the muskie, the pickerel, and the tiger muskie is one of the sport's great challenges, yet one few have taken up. For the thought of having the top predator in a given body of water (a trout--hallowed quarry of most fly fishing--is just a quick snack for most pike and muskie) chomp a light fly tied to a whippy fly rod can make an angler's knees go weak. Not as well illustrated as one might like--the drawings are rather barren, the photos are mostly of the look-at-me-I-got-a-big-fish variety, and the flies used to tempt the toothy critters should be in color--the text solidly explains the tactics and techniques used to capture these water-wolves. Given that this may be the...


Berryman and Lowell: The Art of Losing
Steven Matterson
0389207306
June 1988
Hardcover
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Book Description
Contents: Introduction: Tumbles and Leaps; Beginning in Wisdom; Towards a Rhetoric of Destitution; Excellence and Loss; History and Seduction; Defeats and Dreams; Notes and References; IndexàR

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