Weldon Kees and the Midcentury Generation: Letters, 1935-1955

Weldon Kees and the Midcentury Generation: Letters, 1935-1955


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Before he vanished in the fog of San Francisco, Weldon Kees (1914–55) was a poet, storyteller, critic, painter, musician, and filmmaker. What remains is a body of work and a large collection of letters that shed light on Kees’s complex personality. Robert E. Knoll traces the odyssey of a Nebraska boy who made his way in a fiercely competitive national scene, befriending the movers and shakers of the art worlds on both coasts. Kees’s letters—satirical, witty, poetic, gossipy, intensely individual—provide the feel of lives being lived, of a career going forth, and finally, of the darkness that engulfed him when, in Knoll's phrase, he was "ten minutes from triumph."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803278080
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 06/01/2003
Edition description: Illustrated
Pages: 273
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert E. Knoll is D. B. and Paula Varner Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He is the author of Conversations with Wright Morris: Critical Views and Responses (Nebraska 1977).

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