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Career Moves: Olson, Creeley, Zukofsky, Berrigan, and the American Avant-Garde

Career Moves: Olson, Creeley, Zukofsky, Berrigan, and the American Avant-Garde by Libbie Rifkin 0299168441 9780299168445
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How much did making it new have to do with making it? For the four outsider poets considered in this book -- Charles Olson, Robert Creeley, Louis Zukofsky, and Ted Berrigan -- the connection was everything. At once a social history of literary ambition in America in the fifties and sixties and a uniquely collective form of literary biography, Career Moves offers an intimate account of the postwar poetry underground.<P>Making the controversial claim that anti-Establishment poets were at least as careerist as their mainstream peers, Libbie Rifkin shows how the nature of these poets ambition actually defined postwar avant-garde identity. In doing so, she clarifies the increasingly complicated, and increasingly important, link between the crafting of a literary career and the defining of a literary canon. A lively and compelling look at the making of four notable poetic careers, Career Moves helps us understand how modern American literature found its distinctive voice after World War II andhow the business of writing has become ever more sophisticated.

Author: Libbie Rifkin

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 152

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

Publication Date: 2000-09-25


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