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Heart's Needle Paperback – October 12, 1983


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st pbk. ed edition (October 12, 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394722205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394722207
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,156 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W. D. Snodgrass (1926-2009) was born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. His college education was interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Navy during World War II but he later completed an MFA at the State University of Iowa. Mr. Snodgrass taught English and creative writing at various universities, among them Wayne State, University of Delaware, University of Rochester, and Syracuse University. Snodgrass's first book of poems, 'Heart's Needle,' won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960, and he earned numerous awards and honors for his poetry, translations, and criticism. He also received fellowships from the Guggenheim and Ingram Merrill foundations, The Academy of American Poets, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Maroney on October 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Snodgrass is considered the grand-daddy of "confessional poets" who would follow him: Lowell and Plath in particular. One can see this in "Heart's Needle," the rampant appeal toward subjective experience, the filter of the self being the arbiter of all values. If the reader is used to the searing verse of Lowell or Plath, than Snodgrass' poetry can seem a bit more tame and disappointing. He takes on more quotidian themes, which one would expect from a college professor, like the girls in his class slipping beyond his erotic reach. Compared to Plath's searing, existential dilemmas, this is tame stuff. Yet Heart's Needle is an interesting read. A new chapter was turned on the page of American poetry, and here is one of its markers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
One of my favorite books of poetry. Snodgrass' poems about his daughter are beautiful and heartbreaking.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2001
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It's true that Heart's Needle is out of print, but it can still be found in Snodgrass's Selected Poems: 1957-1987.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Palmer on March 30, 2007
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Although a biology major, I took a poetry class as an undergraduate in the early 1960s. Heart's Needle was on the reading list. I still treasure this book, and it sits on my-favorite-book shelf with about two dozen other superb books I have read over the last 45 years.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 17, 2001
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Good poetry. Let it be noted, though, to writers in search of fame and immortality through their works, that this volume won the Pultizer Prize in 1960. And it's now out of print! And no readers had posted a review when I wrote this one. So much for the impact of literature.
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