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Oxford Book of American Verse Hardcover – December 31, 1950


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (December 31, 1950)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195000498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195000498
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 2.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,127,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author:
F. O. Matthiessen was a Californian by birth but grew up in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York. Educated both here and abroad, he started teaching in 1927, first at Yale and then at Harvard, where he was Professor of History and Literature. He made the field of American poetry one of his major interests and wrote critical estimates of Emerson, Poe, Eliot, and other contemporary poets. He was a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters and a Senior Fellow of the Kenyon School of English.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Renee Thorpe on June 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Goes up to the middle of the 20th C. (Has Sandburg and Stevens but not Ginsburg and Giovanni).
A nice volume that I refer to often, packs a thousand pages and fits in my hand. Nicely portable for so much text. Organized in chronological order of poets' dates of birth.
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Don't buy the kindle edition. I have the hard copy of this book and thought it would be nice to have the kindle edition as well. That was a mistake. The kindle edition is comically bad. It looks like someone used Calibre to convert a PDF to the kindle format and then posted it on Amazon. This conversion always results in extremely poor quality books which require a lot of work to make usable. Work that obviously wasn't done for this book. To list a few problems:

- The TOC consists of three lines. For a collection that's around a thousand pages long this is one of the most important parts of the book but it
basically doesn't exist.

- The formatting is amazingly bad. For example, a poem starts with the word "Announce" but the 'A' was typeset differently.
Whatever conversion process was used put the 'A' as a heading on its own line. So you get a single line with a large boldface 'A'.
The next line starts with "nnounce". This is totally unacceptable.

- Every thing is run together, there is no spacing between poems.
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