Dunstan Thompson: On the Life and Work of a Lost American Master (Pleiades Unsung Masters)

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Nonfiction. Poetry. LGBT Studies. Literary Criticism. In the 1940s, Dunstan Thompson, a gay WWII veteran, was a darling of the Modernist poetry communities in New York and London and widely considered one of the most talented poets of his generation. In 1950, he all but disappeared. This book (which includes his poems and essays by various critics--among them Katie Ford, Dana Gioia, Edward Field, Jerry Harp, Jim Elledge, and Heather Treseler) examines his legacy, his poetry, and his eventual abandonment of his earlier gay identity in favor of a reinvigorated Catholicism. It's the first volume in Pleiades Press's "Unsung Masters Series."

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D. A. POWELL is the author of Chronic (Graywolf Press, 2009); Cocktails (Graywolf Press, 2004), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry; Lunch (Wesleyan University Press, 2000); and Tea (Wesleyan University Press, 1998). He teaches at the University of San Francisco and lives in the Bay Area.

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Book Description Pleiades Press, 2010. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Largely unknown today, Dunstan Thompson was once one of the most celebrated young poets in America. Published during and shortly after WWII, his often harrowing, homoerotic poems---many set on the battlefields and in the hospitals of the European Theater---were compared favorably to the work of W. H. Auden, Hart Crane, and Dylan Thomas. Then, as far as the general public was concerned, Dunstan Thompson disappeared. In a series of essays, interviews, letters, and clippings, this book traces Dunstan Thompson s journey from a wildly successful literary enfant terrible, through his strong Catholic reawakening, and into his later years as a writer of mature, meditative, largely unpublished poetry. The first in Pleiades Press s Unsung Masters Series devoted to great out-of-print writers, this book also includes a selection of Dunstan Thompson s very best poetry. Reading through this lovingly assembled compendium of poems, essays, remembrances and photographs is like watching a team of preservationists restore a fallen statue that, once set aright and viewed in full, will never again be neglected. With great scruple and care, editors D. A. Powell and Kevin Prufer have turned Dunstan Thompson s reemergence into nothing short of a literary event---one whose impact will be felt for a long time to come. While the unfettered sensuality, formal mastery, unstinting inventiveness and emotionality of Thompson s early poems make them downright hard to resist, appreciating them within their biographical, literary, and social contexts (a feat this edition amply facilitates) makes them all but impossible to forget. Thompson provides a new reference point for our understanding of postwar American poetry, and the facts of his life---the unabashedness of his gay youth in New York, his WWII military service, his status as an expat, his return to the religious orthodoxy of his childhood, the sea-change to his poetry it accompanied or perhaps effected, his gradual disappearance---belong not simply to a poet, but to a full-fledged literary figure. We waited too long for Thompson s rediscovery without even knowing it, but the wait is over. He s here. ---Timothy Donnelly. Seller Inventory # AAC9780964145412

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