Friday, August 7, 2009

Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets


Facts on File have just published The Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets, authored by Terence Diggory. This sort of thing is mostly intended for libraries, hence the $75 price-tag. On the other hand that means you're local library should have a few copies, and if they don't, ask them to get one!

Description:

The New York School started in the 1950s and was one of the most influential movements of American poetry—from the last half of the 20th century to today. In more than 450 entries, Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets is an encyclopedic A-to-Z reference to writers of the New York School, including John Ashbery, who is often considered America’s greatest living poet. This new book is a compelling examination of this significant movement in literary history and its development through the years.

Coverage includes:

  • Central poets of the movement, including John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara
  • Major works—including poems, books of poems, and fiction—such as Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror," which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and National Book Award in 1976
  • Poets and artists who influenced the movement or were influenced by it, such as Andy Warhol, the Beat poets, W.H. Auden, and Robert Lowell
  • New York locales important to the movement, such as the Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn, the Chelsea Hotel, and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe
  • Magazines and journals
  • and more.

About the Author

Terence Diggory, Ph.D., is professor of English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His publications include The Scene of My Selves: New Work on New York School Poets, William Carlos Williams and the Ethics of Painting, and Yeats and American Poetry: The Tradition of the Self. His essays on the visual arts of the New York School have appeared in several journals and exhibition catalogues.

2o12 update - significant individual browsing in this book can be had via Google Books - http://books.google.com/books?id=Mgsgw2xe-F0C&pg=PT12&lpg=PT12&dq=Encyclopedia+of+New+York+Poets&source=bl&ots=QXzLjtzk8l&sig=tFqEPRkYfAdyagIvxmGo6kMfQIY&hl=en&sa=X&ei=I7rkT4irEtSM6QGNppGZCg&ved=0CFMQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=Encyclopedia%20of%20New%20York%20Poets&f=false

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