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Collected Poems Of James Laughlin

Laughlin, James, and Carruth, Hayden (Introduction by)

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ISBN 10: 1559210672 / ISBN 13: 9781559210676
Published by Moyer Bell, 1994
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 574 p. Contains: Illustrations. Audience: General/trade. Laughlin was an accomplished poet in his own right. The publisher of New Directions Books, he knew or published practically all the major modernist writers of the 20th Century. A fine collection of very strong poems. Very good in very good dust jacket. Very light soiling to age edges. Dust jacket very good+ with minor wear but three very small tears along edges. Bookseller Inventory # Alibris.00010000399

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Title: Collected Poems Of James Laughlin

Publisher: Moyer Bell

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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In the literary world James Laughlin is best known as the publisher of New Directions Books. But he has also been a dedicated poet. His work is both modern - rich in technical experiment - and ancient - grounded in the Greek and Latin poets. Guy Davenport has called Laughlin "a very ironic Roman poet, and a very salty Greek one. Which is not to say that he imitates anybody, or offers plaster casts of antiquities. He is the youngest and most modern poet now writing in the United States. He is the real thing." Laughlin describes himself as a writer of light verse. He can be witty but underneath the wit there are often pungent truths about the human condition. His work is notable for its range of subject matter, the originality of its invention, his restoration of the classical tradition, his wordplay, his satire, and the intensity of his love poems. Few poets have dealt with the quandaries of love so acutely since Rochester and Herrick. "Who else today," asks the critic Marjorie Perloff, "writes such bittersweet, ironic, rueful, erotic, tough-minded, witty love poems, poems that run the gamut from ecstacy to loss"?
This volume collects Laughlin's poems from 1935 to 1993. His Random Stories and Random Essays are also published by Moyer Bell.

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James Laughlin (1914–1997) founded New Directions in 1936 while still a student at Harvard. He wrote and compiled more than a dozen books of poetry as well as stories and essays; seven volumes of his correspondence with his authors are available from W.W. Norton.

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