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Author of The Maximus Poems, Rector of Black Mountain College, and quondam Democratic Party activist, Charles Olson is one of the central figures of mid-twentieth-century American poetry. Charles Olson: A Poet's Prose is the first book-length critical study to focus strictly on Olson's prose, ranging from his groundbreaking study of Melville, Call Me Ishmael (1947), through such seminal work as "Projective Verse" (1950), "Human Universe" (1951), The Special View of History (1956, 1970), "Equal, That Is, to the Real Itself" (1958), and Proprioception (1962). The eleven essays collected in this volume introduce a new generation of scholars who engage Olson's thinking on gender and sexuality, human ecology, the relevance of non-Euclidean geometry and quantum physics for poetics, phenomenology and Whitehead's process philosophy, and postmodernism. Olson thinks and writes against the grain of the established authorities in poetry and literary criticism, and his influence on American letters has been broad and varied.

Like some Old Testament prophet or Melville's Ishmael, Olson projects a voice that is immediately distinctive, sometimes disturbing, always provocative, and often compelling. To begin to understand postmodern American poetry, one must begin with Charles Olson.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poets Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing Publication Date: 01/10/2007 ISBN-13: 9781847182906  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Gary Grieve-Carlson is Professor of English and Director of General Education at Lebanon Valley College. In addition to his work on Olson, his publications include work on William Carlos Williams, Carolyn Forche, Robert Penn Warren, Robert Frost, Arthur Miller, Edmund Wilson, and Susan Sontag.

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