Some Necessary Angels: Essays on Writing and Politics

Some Necessary Angels: Essays on Writing and Politics

by Jay Parini

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Overview

Distinguished poet and novelist Jay Parini presents some of his best writings—both classic and previously unpublished works—on topics ranging from baseball to Frost and Emerson to the culture of creative writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231110716
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.68(w) x 8.77(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jay Parini is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College. A former Guggenheim Fellow and visiting fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford, Parini has published four volumes of poetry, five novels (including The Last Station and Benjamin's Crossing), a critical study of Theodore Roethke, and biographies of John Steinbeck and Robert Frost. The latter won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for the best work of nonfiction in 1999. He has also edited numerous volumes, including The Norton Anthology of American Autobiography, The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry, and The Columbia History of American Poetry.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
Personal
Mentors
3(16)
Town Life
19(6)
Amalfi Days
25(8)
My Life in Baseball
33(6)
Writing in Restaurants
39(6)
Poetry and the Devout Life
45(4)
On Being Prolific
49(10)
Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man
59(16)
The Poetry of Earth
Blake and Roethke: When Everything Comes to One
75(20)
Robert Frost
95(12)
Emerson and Frost: The Present Act of Vision
107(18)
Seamus Heaney: The Ground Possessed
125(26)
Alastair Reid
151(14)
The Later Poetry of Robert Penn Warren
165(16)
Charles Wright: The Remembered Earth
181(22)
The World and the Word
The Lessons of Theory
203(12)
The Imagination of Politics
215(16)
Literary Theory and the Culture of Creative Writing
231(10)
Fact or Fiction: Writing Biographies Versus Writing Novels
241(16)
Poetry and Silence
257(14)
Acknowledgments 271

What People are Saying About This

William A. Pritchard

As this lively and intelligent collection amply illustrates, Parini is a literary critic of sensitivity and a delightful essayist.

Sam Pickering

No one explains the workings of poetry better than Parini.

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