The World’s Hieroglyphic Beauty
Five American Poets

Peter Stitt

Reviews

“This book speaks well for poetry and literary criticism in America today. . . . Peter Stitt’s argument in this book is admirably clear: Richard Wilbur, William Stafford, Louis Simpson, James Wright, and Robert Penn Warren struggle in their poetry to link the physical world of everyday reality with the transcendental realm of the human soul and spirit. . . . It is unusual to find such a unifying thesis in a single study of so many writers. The format Mr. Stitt uses, following his extensive essays on each subject with his own revealing interviews with the poet, is equally uncommon. What results is a dialogue between the critic’s insights and the poets’ thoughts and feelings about their work.”
New York Times Book Review


Description

In this book, Peter Stitt presents interviews with five American poets—Richard Wilbur, William Stafford, Louis Simpson, James Wright, and Robert Penn Warren—and critical essays on their works, uniting the objectivity and insight of the critic with the words and vision of the artist.

Page count: 304 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

 



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List price: $29.95
978-0-8203-4148-4
9/1/2012

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Peter Stitt is a professor of English at Gettysburg College and editor of the Gettysburg Review. He is the author of Uncertainty and Plenitude: Five Contemporary Poets.