The Complete American Fantasies (Hardback)James Schevill (author)
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"As a playwright, too, I have largely struggled to restore dramatic characters to poetry, people who have largely disappeared as fiction, nonfiction and drama have usurped from poetry its narrative function. To fit the wide-ranging subjects of this sequence, I have employed a variety of traditional and experimental forms. If the sequence is the major narrative form of our time, it requires an unusual range of forms to project the special rhythms and unique quality of the character's lives.
"In the United States, as our fantasies move to condition us, we must move to separate the creative from the destructive fantasies, and I hope this book will help to focus that necessity in these critical times."
- James Schevill, from the Preface to The Complete American Fantasies
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Number of pages: 353
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 230 x 160 x 26 mm
-- M.L. Rosenthal
"This book covers each decade from 1920 to 1990. spanning the poet's lifetime thus far. In poetry and prose entwining his personal history with crucial episodes of American history during that period, Schevill seeks to create an epical design in which one dimension dramatically mirrors the other.
"In effect the design follows the various probing progress of Melville, Poe, Whitman, and Twain, where fables and desires experienced in their lives were measured against those of the nation. Schevill's aims document the politics and history, including wars and depressions, of an America foundering in attempts to fulfill its promise and find its identity in the modern world. Strong dramatist and poet that he is, Schevill's American Fantasies stakes out a claim for our time ... upon that vast precipitious terrain which his admired masters differently traversed."
-- Edwin Honig