Title: NOTES FROM THE AIR: SELECTED LATER POEMS - ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2007
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 365 pages. Published in 2007. Retrospective collection of poems. One of the most important literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents, in one handsome volume, John Ashbery's "Notes From The Air". One of the very best introductions to the work and achievement of Ashbery. "Spans ten major collections by one of America's most visionary and influential poets. Chosen by the author himself, the poems represent John Ashbery's best work from the past two decades. While Ashbery has long been considered a powerful force in twentieth-century culture, 'Notes from the Air' demonstrates clearly how important and relevant his writing continues to be, well into the twenty-first century. Many of the books from which these poems are drawn are regularly taught in university classrooms across the country, and critics and scholars vigorously debate his newest works as well as his classics. He has already published four major books since the turn of the new millennium and although 2007 marks his eightieth birthday, this legendary literary figure continues to write fresh, new, and vibrant poetry that remains as stimulating, provocative, and controversial as ever" (Publisher's blurb). "Recklessness is what makes art beautiful" (John Ashbery). An absolute "must-have" title for John Ashbery collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by John Ashbery. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. It comes with a pristine copy of the Souvenir Program of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a late-modern classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Regarded by Harold Bloom as the greatest American poet of our time. Winner of every major American poetry prize as well as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Robert Frost Medal. One of the greatest poet/translator/artist of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER JOHN ASHBERY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 0061367176. Bookseller Inventory # 17602
This long-awaited volume, a new selection of his later poems, spans ten major collections by one of America's most visionary and influential poets. Chosen by the author himself, the poems in Notes from the Air represent John Ashbery's best work from the past two decades, from the critically acclaimed April Galleons and Flow Chart to the 2005 National Book Award finalist Where Shall I Wander.
While Ashbery has long been considered a powerful force in twentieth-century culture, Notes from the Air demonstrates clearly how important and relevant his writing continues to be, well into the twenty-first century. Many of the selections found here are regularly taught in university classrooms across the country, and critics and scholars vigorously debate his newest works as well as his classics. He has already published four major books since the turn of the new millennium, and, although 2007 marked his eightieth birthday, this legendary literary figure continues to write fresh, new, and vibrant poetry that remains as stimulating, provocative, and controversial as ever.
Notes from the Air reveals, for the first time in one volume, the remarkable evolution of Ashbery's poetry from the mid-1980s into the new century, and offers an irresistible sampling of some of the finest work by a poet the New York Times has called a "national treasure."
About the Author:
John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He earned degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and went to France as a Fulbright Scholar in 1955, living there for much of the next decade. His many collections include Notes from the Air: Selected Later Poems (2007), which was awarded the International Gri=n Poetry Prize. Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror (1975) won the three major American prizes?the Pulitzer, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award?and an early book, Some Trees (1956), was selected by W. H. Auden for the Yale Younger Poets Series. The Library of America published the first volume of his collected poems in 2008. Active in various areas of the arts throughout his career, he has served as executive editor of Art News and as art critic for New York magazine and Newsweek. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he was a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from 1988 to 1999. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and was a MacArthur Fellow from 1985 to 1990. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. He lives in New York.
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