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Selected Letters of Charles Reznikoff, 1917-76

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781574230352
Author(s): Charles Reznikoff
Format: Hardcover
Year: 1997
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher Inc
Dimensions: 152 x 34 x 228 (w x l x h)
Pages: 350

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This landmark volume of correspondence by the great Objectivist poet Charles Reznikoff (1894-1976) sheds light not only on the difficulties of a dedicated artist trying to keep afloat in a materialistic society, but on the relation of poetry to a wider culture during an eventful and turbulent period of modern history.Most of the letters here date from the 1920s and 1930s, when the young Reznikoff, an N.Y.U. law school graduate employed sporadically as an editor of legal encyclopedias and as a travelling salesman for his parents' millinery business, devotes his heart and soul to his writing -- turning out poems, plays, short stories and novels which, for want of commercial takers, he himself publishes in small editions.Letters to magazine editors like Henry Hurwitz of The Menorah Journal (the main forum for Reznikoff's early poetry and prose) and Harriet Monroe of Poetry (a 1931 issue, guest-edited by Reznikoff's friend Louis Zukofsky, launched his verse on a wider public) show the poet's meticulous attention to craft and revision.At the center of this volume are many intensely personal and revealing letters to the writer, teacher and Zionist activist Marie Syrkin, who in 1930 became Reznikoff's wife. During their courtship, Charles sends Marie drafts of poems along with declarations of love, somewhat uneasily confronting the problem of being a provider on a poet's income: 'I expect my love for you to
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