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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (3 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226890449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226890449
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,850,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Since his death in 2004, poetry on both sides of the Atlantic has missed Thom Gunn--his gusto, his candor, his tact, his persistent doubleness, his unfolding sympathies, his freedom from fixed ideas. This important collection of critical prose, a tribute, a reappraisal, and an extension of his life and work, returns Gunn to our attention in his living power. Poetry will be glad of it."--Langdon Hammer (03/20/2009) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Joshua Weiner is associate professor of English and the director of the English Honors Program at the University of Maryland. He is the author of two books of poetry, The World's Room and From the Book of Giants, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Quinn on 25 Oct. 2011
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Although I read this collection of essays with pleasure, most people wouldn't. It is not a definitive collection of essays, failing to explain what makes Thom Gunn compelling or to analyse his various styles, his various tones and his recurrent obsessions. A few of the essays do what Gunn never did, namely regard him as a Gay Poet, rather than as a Universal Poet. This collection may date badly because of its attention to recent social issues but it does contain some original gems (by Weiner himself and the prototype essay of August Kleinzahler's magnificent introduction to the Selected Poems).
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