The Selected Letters of Anthony Hecht

The Selected Letters of Anthony Hecht

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Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht (1923–2004) was known not only for his masterful control of form and language but also for his wit and humor.

With the help of Helen Hecht, the poet’s widow, Jonathan F. S. Post combed through more than 4,000 letters to produce an intimate look into the poet’s mind and art across a lifetime. The letters range from Hecht’s early days at summer camp to college at Bard, to the front lines of World War II, to travels abroad in France and Italy, to marriage, and to fame as a poet and critic. Along the way, Hecht corresponded with well-known poets such as John Hollander, James Merrill, Anne Sexton, and Richard Wilbur. Those interested in the lives of contemporary poets will read these highly personal letters with delight and surprise.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421407852
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Anthony Hecht (1923–2004) was an American poet and critic who received numerous awards for his poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Bollingen Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, and the Frost Medal. Jonathan F. S. Post is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the editor of Green Thoughts, Green Shades: Essays by Contemporary Poets on the Early Modern Lyric.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Brief Chronology
1. Childhood and College, 1935–1943
2. World War II, 1943–1946
3. Back Home and Abroad, 1946–1952
4. Marriage and Single Life, 1954–1967
5. A Second Life, 1968–1982
6. Critic and Poet, 1983–1992
7. The Flourish of Retirement, 1993–2004

What People are Saying About This

Garry Wills

"We knew that Anthony Hecht was a great poet. What his letters reveal is that he was a great man—sensitive to all the turns of language, caring for those he dealt with (even strangers), and continually funny."

Edward Hirsch

"Anthony Hecht was a magisterial formal poet, an heir of W. H. Auden and John Crowe Ransom, a peer of James Merrill and Richard Wilbur, and these letters, artfully edited by Jonathan Post, illuminate both his life and his work. They are witty and learned, jaunty and revealing, filled with the news of poetry, and they remind us how fortunate we were to have had him among us."

Mary Jo Salter

"An entirely captivating selection of letters by one of the great poets of our time. Jonathan Post's flawless choices and his elegant introductions to distinct chapters of Anthony Hecht's life help to reveal this poet, literary critic, and man in all of his modes and moods—hilarious, despondent, self-doubting, proud, exacting, hugely generous, and unfailingly brilliant."

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