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  • The Selected Letters of George Oppen

    Editor(s): Rachel  Blau DuPlessis
    Published: 1990
    Pages: 471
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  • Introduction vii

    Editorial Comments xxi

    Acknowledgments xxix

    1931–1934 1

    1958 7

    1959 18

    1960 36

    1961 44

    1962 55

    1963 76

    1964 97

    1965 109

    1966 126

    1967 150

    1968 172

    1969 182

    1970 206

    1971 223

    1972 234

    1973 251

    1974 273

    1975 295

    1976 315

    1977 332

    1978 343

    1979–1981 346

    Correspondents 354

    Notes 363

    Index 427
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  • Description

    Objectivist poet George Oppen (1908–1984), along with his contemporaries Lorine Niedecker, Charles Reznikoff, and Carl Rakoski, provide an important bridge between the vanguard modernist American poets and the later works of poets such as Robert Creeley. In work often compounded by the populist urbanity of city lives, the Objectivists explored the social statements poetry can make. Because Oppen wrote only one essay and one essay-review, his correspondence, in effect, constitutes his essays. Oppen is emerging as one of the major poets of the postwar era; he was the recipient of an American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters Award, the PEN/West Rediscovery Award, and a Senior Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His collection Of Being Numerous received the 1969 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
    These working papers include a rich correspondence, letters which provide access to the sustained, perceptive body of critical and aesthetic thinking of Oppen’s poetic career. Provocative and witty comments on poetry and poetics, especially interesting for the development of an Objectivist aesthetics, and shrewd, deeply felt assessments about the politics of the twentieth century and its moral dilemmas are some of the issues attended to. This edition offers primary documentation about an influential poetics, a little-known movement, and its active figures. Given the aggressive studies of the politics of canon-formation, the interest in describing a historical context for individual literary achievement, and current debates about mainstream poetry, the rethinking of the Objectivist movement, and the collection of documents contributing to its poetics, is an important achievement in literary scholarship.

    About The Author(s)

    Rachel Blau DePlessis is Professor of English at Temple University.
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