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By Jesse Zuba

ISBN-10: 0691164479

ISBN-13: 9780691164472

"We have many poets of the 1st Book," the poet and critic Louis Simpson remarked in 1957, describing a feeling that the debut poetry assortment not just introduced the modern poetic profession but in addition had come to outline it. Surveying American poetry over the last hundred years, The First Book explores the emergence of the poetic debut as a different literary construction with its personal culture, conventions, and dynamic position within the literary industry. via new readings of poets starting from Wallace Stevens and Marianne Moore to John Ashbery and Louise Glück, Jesse Zuba illuminates the significance of the 1st e-book in twentieth-century American literary tradition, which concerned advanced struggles for legitimacy at the a part of poets, critics, and publishers alike.

Zuba investigates poets' different responses to the query of ways to release a profession in an more and more professionalized literary scene that threatened the authenticity of the poetic calling. He indicates how modernist debuts evoke markedly idiosyncratic paths, whereas postwar first books evoke trajectories that stability expert imperatives with conventional literary beliefs. Debut titles starting from Simpson's The Arrivistes to Ken Chen's Juvenilia rigidity the strikingly pervasive subject matter of starting, accommodating a brand new call for for occupation improvement while it distances the poets from that demand.

Combining literary research with cultural background, The First Book will curiosity students and scholars of twentieth-century literature in addition to readers and writers of poetry.

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