John Berryman's Public Vision: Relocating the Scene of Disorder (Hardback)
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John Berryman's Public Vision: Relocating the Scene of Disorder (Hardback)

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Hardback 260 Pages
Published: 02/09/2014
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Drawing on published and previously unpublished manuscript sources in poetry and prose, John Berryman's Public Vision offers an original reappraisal of an important twentieth-century American poet's work. Challenging the confessional labelling of him that has dominated his critical reception and popular perception for decades, the book argues that Berryman (1914-72) had a far greater concern for developments in the public sphere than has previously been acknowledged. It reassesses the poet's engagements with W.B. Yeats and Robert Bhain Campbell in the 1940s and offers radical re- contexualisations of Berryman's work from every stage of his career. Concluding with an account of Berryman's influence on contemporary writing on both sides of the Atlantic, John Berryman's Public Vision provides a detailed and comprehensive reconsideration of the poet's achievement in his centenary year.

Publisher: University College Dublin Press
ISBN: 9781904558491
Number of pages: 260


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'Coleman presents new finds from the wealth of archival material held at the University of Minnesota, drawing on letters, manuscripts, unpublished essays and heavily marked-up books. They reveal Berryman's breadth of interests and his decades of evolving thought. Throughout his superbly thorough study, Coleman directs our attention to the richness of Berryman's allusions, and thereby to how Berryman's wide reading makes its way into his poems.'Dublin Review of Books, May 2015; 'Coleman is convincingly thorough, drawing upon works across Berryman's entire oeuvre, including his criticism ... and his fiction ... Coleman's book contains numerous discussions of individual poems found in The Heart is Strange, reinforcing the timeliness of its publication and the worthwhile selection of its contents.'Patrick James Dunagan, The Rumpus, April 2015; 'John Berryman's Public Vision allows the poet to be seen in a radically new way that also challenges the confessional label that has stuck to him, and some of his contemporaries, for too long.' The Irish Times, October 2014; 'John Berryman's Public Vision allows the poet to be seen in a radically new way that also challenges the confessional label that has stuck to him, and some of his contemporaries, for too long.' The Irish Times, October 2014; 'Coleman's painstaking, well-argued book, is a fitting tribute to a great poet whose work must not be dismissed as "merely confessional". This is an important contribution to the study of American poetry as well as to a proper understanding of the grounds and thrust of poetry through the ages.' The Irish Catholic, October 2014 'Coleman's study aims at a major rehabilitation of Berryman's critical standing ... One of the most satisfying aspects of [his] revisionary treatment of Berryman is to excavate the poet's merciless craft and belief in syntax.' PN Review, September-October 2015

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