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Oppen: A Narrative [Paperback]

Eric Hoffman
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1 Nov 2013
"Hoffman's narrative explores in considerable depth Oppen's thinking about his own work, his reasonings and judgments on himself and his contemporaries in life, politics and poetry. Throughout, Hoffman supplies a rich contextual background to the Oppens' story, one in which public and private life continually intersect not only in the socio-cultural aspects of their lives but in the undergirdings of love, hope and guilt that empower the thought and poetry . . . Complex, highly-nuanced and well-documented, Hoffman's narrative makes clear that few careers in modern poetry are so entwined with biography as Oppen's." -From Michael Heller's introduction.

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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Shearsman Books (1 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1848612702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848612709
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,728,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eric Hoffman's poetry and prose have appeared worldwide in numerous journals. He has published ten collections of poetry, the most recent being By the Hours: Selected Poems Early and Uncollected published by Dos Madres Press. He lives and works in Connecticut.

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This is a major moment and incredible achievement. At long last, we have a sensitive, comprehensive and dynamic account of the life, poetry and mind of American poet George Oppen, one the major voices of twentieth century poetry. Eric Hoffman has created a magisterial study, the kind of nuanced bio-criticism that offers a crucial reckoning with its subject. Hoffman traces both Oppen's wide-ranging travels throughout the world as well as offering penetrating discussions of the poetry. His vitalizing prose should burnish the reputation of George Oppen and encourage readers of poetry to devote themselves to his extraordinary body of work. OPPEN: A NARRATIVE will not be the final chronicle of Oppen but will always be remembered as one of the finest. George Oppen would be proud, and Eric Hoffman's book illuminates the legacy in this beacon of a biography.
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