Rejoining the Common Reader: Essays, 1962-1990

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Northwestern University Press, 1991 - 231 Seiten
Rejoining the Common Reader is suffused with the impulse that motivates Clara Claiborne Park's distinguished writing and teaching: the desire to related literature to the experience of its readers. This humane, balanced, and entertaining book will appeal to anyone who longs to recapture the pleasure of reading for personal enrichment and to teachers of literature who have grown to resent the intrusiveness of theory and theorizing and wish to reexamine what they are doing to, for, and with their students.
 

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In Praise of Memory
20
Werner Jaegers Paideia
40
How a Girl Can Be Smart
56
Canst Thou Not Minister to a Mind Diseasd?
73
No Time for Comedy
93
Trollope for Grownups
104
Henry Wilcox Babbitt and the State of Britain
123
Recuperating Jane
135
Toward Understanding
146
Merrills Divine Comedies
164
Talking Back to the Speaker
181
Author Author Reconstructing Roland Barthes
206
Mortal Stakes
229
Urheberrecht

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Nemerov's poetry is known for its wit and intelligence. His poetry is stoical and ironical. In his essays, he has argued against both what he considers to be the slackness of "free form" and the rigidity of prescriptive measures from the past. Nemerov's first book of poetry, The Image and Law (1947), was well received by critics, while The Salt Garden (1955) reflects the themes he was to develop in his writing, especially a concern for nature. The Blue Swallows (1967) received mixed reviews but won him the first Roethke Memorial Prize. He also received the Oscar Blumenthal Prize (1958), the Harriet Monroe Memorial Prize (1959), the National Institute and American Academy Award in literature (1961), and the Pulitzer Prize (1978). A lively and uncompromising critic, he has selected for his Poetry and Fiction: Essays of the 1970s emphasizing twentieth-century literature and the contemporary stance of the critic. Journal of the Fictive Life (1965) is Nemerov's somewhat grim introspective search for the conditions that make a writer most creative. He became the third poet laureate of the United States in 1988.

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