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Against the Grain: The Literary Life of a Poet

Whittemore, Reed

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ISBN 10: 1928755097 / ISBN 13: 9781928755098
Published by Dryad Press/University of Alaska Press, Washington D.C., 2007
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338pp. No printings or editions cited; "[B]" at foot of copyright pageDark blue cloth with brilliant silver lettering on spine. Dustwrapper not price-clipped (no price) with top-down front cover shading light blue-green to darker blue green, with blue photo-portrait of author in background on upper half front cover, title lettering in white across middle front cover, above four tinted photo-portraits of author across lower center front cover, above author name in white letters across bottom front cover. Book looks opened only for the signing. Inscribed by author on title page: "For - - - -/best wishes/[author]/April 8", else no previous owner names. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 005739

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Title: Against the Grain: The Literary Life of a ...

Publisher: Dryad Press/University of Alaska Press, Washington D.C.

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed and Inscribed By Author to Previous Owner

Edition: First Edition.

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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Poetry History & Criticism. Foreword by Garrison Keillor. In this literary memoir, Reed Whittemore—a self-considered bourgeois anarchist—gives us marvelous glimpses into his wide-ranging life as poet, little magazine editor, critic and essayist, journalist, biographer, and teacher. Writing in third person about his alter ego R, Whittemore looks back in a conversational, self-deprecating, voice that in his poetry and prose became recognizably his own. "Brilliant and original poet," wrote Victor Navasky, "provcoateur, literary lobbyist, anti-bureaucratic cultural bureaucrat, interdisciplinarian, his way of deepening, as distinguished from promoting, democracy has been to carry on its conversation in exemplary tropes. Our country and our culture are the better for it."

"Reed Whittemore owns the only sort of immortality that matters to a writer which is to have written things that people remember years later."—Garrison Keillor

"For what a long time Reed Whitmore has been a central figure in our national letters—his whole career has been one brave protest against dullness and stodginess."—X. J. Kennedy

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"Brilliant and original poet, editor, teacher, satirist, ironist, wit, provocateur, literary lobbyist, anti-bureaucratic cultural bureaucrat, interdisciplinarian, Reed Whittemore's way of deepening, as distinguished from promoting, democracy has been to carry on its conversation in exemplary tropes and our country and our culture are the better for it." -- Victor Navasky, Publisher Emeritus, The Nation

"For what a long time Reed Whittemore has been a central figure in our national letters -- his whole career has been one brave protest against dullness and stodginess." -- X.J. Kennedy, Author of The Lords of Misrule Poems, 1992-2001

"Where does one find a Reed Whittemore nowadays? A first-rate poet, critic, editor and teacher. An intolerance for cant. All that is valuable in the literary life shines in this single singular writer." -- Roger Rosenblatt, author of Lapham Rising: A Novel and Essayist for PBS News Hour "In Pure Lives and Whole Lives, Reed Whittemore has produced two of the finest books on the art of biography that I have ever read." -- Sherwin Nuland, Author of How We Die and Maimonides

"I recognize a true Yankee in this man, the sort of Yankee Mark Twain would have loved: direct and modest to the point of wryness. Feel free to laugh, but be sure to take him seriously." -- Henry Allen, Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and author of Going Too Far Enough

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