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Heart's Needle Hardcover – Import, 1960

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Marvell Press; First Edition edition (1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900533048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900533044
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,973,001 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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5 of 6 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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