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Product Details

  • Series: The Collected Writings of Robert Duncan (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 928 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; annotated edition edition (January 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520259297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520259294
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Includes some of Duncan's finest essays . . . a great help to all readers."
(CHOICE 2014-08-01)

About the Author

Robert Duncan (1919–1988) was a foremost figure in the San Francisco Renaissance and is considered one of the most accomplished and influential postwar American poets. He became a leading practitioner of nontraditional open form poetry, his later work shaped by ideas associated with Charles Olson and the Black Mountain School of poetry. During his lifetime, he published more than a dozen collections of poems, including those in this volume, which remain his best-known works.

Peter Quartermain taught contemporary poetry and poetics at the University of British Columbia for over thirty years. He is the author of Basil Bunting, Poet of the North; Disjunctive Poetics: From Gertrude Stein and Louis Zukofsky to Susan Howe; and Stubborn Poetries: Poetic Facticity and the Avant-Garde. He is the editor of Robert Duncan’s Collected Early Poems and Plays (UC Press).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Cope on June 20, 2014
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I've been waiting for this since I first saw Robert Duncan mesmerize audiences with the full spectrum of his poems and, in lecture, with the brilliance of a circular monologue that began and ended with the young Japanese son in love with the servant boy. The two volumes of the Collected Poems and Plays do not disappoint, either with the enormous beauty and variety of the collection or with the fine production values that the U of California Press gave it. Editor Peter Quartermain is to be congratulated for what surely must have been the work of a lifetime, bringing this enormous compilation together. Duncan is one of our great 20th century poets, and these two volumes deserve an honored place in everyone's collection.
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