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Notebook 1967-68: Poems Paperback – April 30, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0374509477 ISBN-10: 0374509476 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 265 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 3 edition (April 30, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374509476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374509477
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,270,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The poet offers an account of his personal history as it has painstakingly ordered itself in images. It is the response of a racked but magnanimous mind, the response of a poet. . . . Many of the events [in Notebook] are drawn from our common history, our wars and demonstrations, our assassinations and riots. Throughout burns a passionate intelligence, a conscience, which the reader feels is trustworthy."--William Meredith, The New York Times Book Review

"What Lowell has done is to make poetry difficult again. This has nothing to do with intellectual puzzles: instead, it is the more strenuous creative difficulty of a poetry molded precisely to a powerful and mature talent. [Lowell] appears in Notebook as a very subtle man, unashamedly intelligent, well read and alert, whose poems are at once delicate and piercing."--A. Alvarez, The Observer (London)

About the Author

Robert Lowell (1917-77) was the renowned and controversial author of many books of poetry, including Day by Day, The Dolphin, and History. FSG also published his Collected Prose in 1987.

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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "calico30" on April 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
...of this brilliant volume persists in mind. After all these months spent buried in other books, it's incredible that such lines as "off ering our leathery love/ we're fifty, and free!" stick with me. Lowell's descriptions of souls in Hell is unsettling, while he wears one vital influence (Fugitive John Crowe Ransom), while also tackling world unrest.
I will certainly be rereading this book. If there was ever a doubt as to Lowell's genius, it's cut apart by this and other staggering works. A must read.
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