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Cultural Writing. Essays. For over two decades now, Albert Goldbarth has been cultivating his own hybrid essay variety. A marriage of warmth and intelligence, his essays are narratively driven but poetically lyrical, and openly personal while remaining dedicated to the pleasures of arcane research. "These are a whole new breed," Robert Atwan writes. "Albert Goldbarth has spliced strands of the old genre with a powerful new gene_ and the results are miraculous." In Griffin--that crossbred creature comprised of eagle, lion, and serpent--Albert Goldbarth joins two essays to form one animal. "Roman Erotic Poetry," written on the cusp of a friend's divorce, explores that strangely compound beast we call marriage. "Wuramon," written on the cusp of a friend's struggle with cancer, considers that strangely compound being every one of us is: an amalgam of spirit and physical body. The resulting book is eccentric, learned, and moving.
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Albert Goldbarth is the author of four previous books of essays, including Many Circles: New and Selected Essays, which received the annual pen-West Award for Creative Non-Fiction. He is also the author of a novel, Pieces of Payne, and of numerous collections of poetry, two of which have received the National Book Critics Circle Award. He currently lives in Wichita, Kansas where he can still have his typewriter serviced when needed -- his fingers have never touched a computer keyboard.Review:
"Albert Goldbarth is a master mixer, moving from the colloquial to the highbrow, from the decent to the circumspect, from sex to quantum physics.... His interests are various and judicious. He is also supremely entertaining." --Village Voice
"Supercharged with eclectic information and often quite moving, Goldbarth's literary essays are an unmitigated delight." --Publisher's Weekly
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Book Description Essay Press, 2007. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0979118905
Book Description Essay Press, 2007. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0979118905