Paper Trail: Selected Prose, 1965-2003

Paper Trail: Selected Prose, 1965-2003

Richard Howard


Richard Howard has been writing trendy, deeply knowledgeable remark on glossy tradition and literature for greater than 4 a long time. here's a number of his best essays, together with a few by no means sooner than released in booklet shape, on a fabulous variety of subjects--from American poets like Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore to French artists reminiscent of Rodin and Michel Delacroix. additionally integrated are concerns of recent sculpture and of the images of the human physique. Howard's extreme familiarity with smooth poetry is obvious to very good influence in essays at the "poetry of forgetting," at the factors and results of experimental poetry, and at the first books of poets whose paintings he helped introduce--among them, J. D. McClatchy, Frank Bidart, and Cynthia MacDonald. after all, Howard brings to his attention of French literature a unprecedented knowledge drawn from his celebrated paintings as a translator of Stendhal and Gide, Barthes and Cocteau, Yourcenar and Gracq.

Hilton Kramer as soon as wrote that Richard Howard "performs the fundamental severe carrier. He indicates us the level of the terrain. He issues out its crucial positive factors. And he provides us a truly vibrant experience of its ethos in addition to of its esthetics." Howard, now in his seventy-fifth yr, keeps his adroit, artistic observation, which enriches us all.

Richard Howard is a poet, pupil, instructor, critic, and translator. the writer of greater than a dozen books, together with Inner Voices: chosen Poems, 1963-2003, he's the recipient of either the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the nationwide e-book Award for translation. He teaches at Columbia college and is poetry editor of The Paris Review.
Richard Howard has been writing trendy, deeply educated remark on glossy tradition and literature for greater than 4 many years. His previous paintings Alone with the United States: Essays at the artwork of Poetry within the usa considering that 1950 has lengthy been hailed as a landmark in literary feedback. Paper Trail is a range of his most interesting essays, together with a few by no means sooner than released in e-book shape, on a ultimate diversity of subjects—from American poets corresponding to Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore to French artists corresponding to Rodin and Michel Delacroix. additionally integrated are issues of contemporary sculpture and of the images of the human physique.

Howard's severe familiarity with smooth poetry is obvious to very good influence in essays on "the poetry of forgetting," at the reason and results of experimental poetry, and at the first books of poets whose paintings he helped brought. after all, Howard brings to his attention of French literature an extraordinary knowledge drawn from his celebrated paintings as a translator of Stendhal and Gide, Barthes and Cocteau, Yourcenar an Gracq.

Hilton Kramer as soon as wrote that Richard Howard "performs the fundamental severe carrier. He indicates us the level of the terrain. He issues out its crucial gains. And he supplies us a truly bright feel of its ethos in addition to of its esthetics." Howard, now in his seventy-fifth 12 months, maintains his adroit, creative remark, which enriches us all.

"If Richard Howard weren't a poet in any respect, he could stand out however as a translator, an editor, a instructor of poets, and a critic of French, English, and American literature. Paper Trail collects his arrestingly difficult essays on all 3, in addition to Howard's writings on visible paintings . . . The essays in Paper Trail provide language not less than as elaborate as that of Howard's verse, and knowledge in even higher abundance: they could train what the poems think we all know. Howard's choice for mannered abstractions, that may prevent the poems, assists the essays, making them extra bold, and extra bold, than so much; even if their specific judgments don't persuade, their common propositions enlighten."—Stephen Burt, The Washington submit publication World
 
"While the essays diversity from Emily Dickinson to Robert Mapplethorpe to Claude Simon, they represent an intimate autobiography . . . Paper Trail is whatever a lot higher than a controversy concerning the form of yankee poetry."—James Longenbach, Boston Review
 
"[Howard is] an impressive guy of letters: a super poet, pioneering translator, respected champion of rising poets, and realized, far-ranging critic. during this awesome essay assortment, a real landmark quantity, Howard exemplifies the advantages of the lifetime of the brain, which for him is a veritable fountain of teen. Over the process approximately 4 a long time, he hasn't ever misplaced the highbrow vivaciousness of his previous works at the same time event and turning out to be wisdom have deepened his standpoint. Howard writes with equivalent zest and perception concerning the trivia of grammar and the grandness of worldviews, the oddities of writers and the nice sweep of literature . . . Drolly witty, discerning, and wielding a vocabulary and syntax to die for, Howard makes each one of his selected matters worthwhile of the reader's such a lot avid attention."—Donna Seaman, Booklist
 
"Well-crafted essays, forewords, and afterwords on poets and poetry via the critic, translator, editor, and poet . . . the gathering opens with a glowing essay, from 1973, on Emily Dickinson, who used to be simply then being rediscovered and wanted her champions in a rhymeless time. Howard's attention is extremely illuminating, and it good illustrates his magpie means of turning up glittering oddments . . . in different places the famous translator of Baudelaire and different French writers turns his recognition to Francophone literature, and particularly on writers who're now not a lot learn this day, corresponding to Marguerite Yourcenar, Claude Simon, or even the irreplaceable Stendhal. those admiring items . . . should wake up curiosity in these writers, which might be a grand provider to them. in different places nonetheless Howard praises then-new poets corresponding to J. D. McClatchy, the writings of Brassaïoch, the ability of storytelling, and kindred concerns, giving style to an altogether passable assortment. [The ebook might be] of curiosity to Howard's admirers and students."—Kirkus Reviews

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