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by Randall Jarrell


Randall Jarrell (1914-1965) received the National Book Award for his book of poems The Woman at the Washington Zo. In other words, essays that are enornously insightful and will remain read (Unlike so many pieces of criticism).

Randall Jarrell (1914-1965) received the National Book Award for his book of poems The Woman at the Washington Zoo. His children's book The Animal Family was named a Newbery Honor Book, and his translation of The Three Sisters was produced by The Actors Studio Theatre. A wonderful introduction to Jarrell's great essays.

Jarrell is also noted for his essays on Robert Frost-whose poetry was a large influence on. .Randall Jarrell’s Book of Stories: An Anthology. Selected and with an introduction by Randall Jarrell. No Other Book: Selected Essays.

Jarrell is also noted for his essays on Robert Frost-whose poetry was a large influence on Jarrell’s own-Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, and others, which were mostly collected in Poetry and the Age (1953). Many scholars consider him the most astute poetry critic of his generation, and in 1979, the poet and scholar Peter Levi went so far as to advise younger writers, Take more notice of Randall Jarrell than you do of any academic critic.

Randall Jarrell (1914-1965). Courtesy New World Encyclopedia . In these books Jarrell broke free of Auden's influence and developed his own style and poetic philosophy which he would later document in his critical essays. The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner" is the most famous of Jarrell's war-poems and one that is frequently anthologized. It presents the soldier as innocent and child-like, placing blame for war on "the State. Jarrell is also noted for his essays on Robert Frost – whose poetry was a large influence on Jarrell's own – Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, and others, which were mostly collected in Poetry and the Age (1953).

Randall Jarrell (6 May 1914 – 15 October 1965) was an American poet, novelist, critic, children's book author and essayist. Sometimes it is hard to criticize, one wants only to chronicle. The good and mediocre books come in from week to week, and I put them aside and read them and think of what to say; but the "worthless" books come in day after day, like the cries and truck sounds from the street, and there is nothing that anyone could think of that is good enough for them.

The pump you pump the water from is rusty And hard to move and absurd, a squirrel-wheel A sick squirrel turns slowly, through the sunny Inexorable hours.

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Randall Jarrell was an American poet, literary critic, essayist, novelist, and the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title Poet Laureate. 56380/?tag prabook0b-20. The Complete Poems ) Poet, novelist, critic, and teacher, Randall Jarrell was a diverse literary talent with a distinctive voice, by turns imaginative, realistic, sensitive, and ironic. His poetry, whether dealing with art, war, memories of childhood, or the loneliness of everyday life, is powerful and moving.

Children Selecting Books In A Library. Jarrell cut his wrists and was hospitalized. Cared for by his second wife, he returned to North Carolina and began teaching again. Randall Jarrell Historical context. Walking down the road one evening in 1965, Randall Jarrell died when he was hit by a car. Although there was the prospect that this had been suicide on his part, his death was judged accidental. He was just 51 at the time.

Randall Jarrell was only fifty-one at the time of his death, in 1965, yet he created a body of work that secured his position as one of the century's leading American men of letters. Although he saw himself chiefly as a poet, publishing a number of books of poetry, he also left behind a sparkling comic novel, four children's books, numerous translations, haunting letters, and four collections of essays. Edited by Brad Leithauser, No Other Bookdraws from these four essay collections, reminding us that Jarell the poet was also, in the words of Robert Lowell, "a critic of genius."
Dibei
I came across this book about a year ago. I picked up a used copy of it, and read "The Age of Criticism." Afterwards I could not put the book down. I was not familiar with Jarrell's essays, and they amazed me. "The Age of Criticism" is one of the most prescient essays that I have ever read. These essays are in no way dated. They hold a position similar only to some of Dr. Johnson's best critical works. The only other comparison that I can make is to Paul Fussell. In other words, essays that are enornously insightful and will remain read (Unlike so many pieces of criticism).

After reading Mr. Leithauser's selection, I bought Jarrell's four books of criticism, and have read them all. Some of the reviewers have complained about Mr. Leithauser's choices. I think it is great. A wonderful introduction to Jarrell's great essays. Mr. Leithauser's short selections for "A Jarrell Gallery," demonstrate quite easily the epigrammatic nature and customary brilliance of Jarrell (they include short selections from many of Jarrell's essays that he did not include in this Selected). In fact Mr. Leithauser's selection made me re-evaluate the editor. I still don't care for his poetry, but he's an intelligent man.

I highly recommend this collection to anyone interested in poetry (his essays on individual poets are exceptional. Though I often disagree with Jarrell's estimate of Graves, Williams, Moore, Cummings and others, they are nevertheless a delight to read--should not criticism be enjoyable??), the state of criticism (in other words, atrocious, which Jarrell had predicted--"The first generation [of critics] wrote distinguishably well; the second wrties indistiguishably ill; who knows how the third will write?"), and how criticism should be written (there is much we can learn here--he informs our own opinions (what he says of Pound, for example--much blue clay, but some wonderful diamonds within), he might change or force us to think about them, and he shows how to write). Jarrell can be a blistering critic, and that is delightful to read. What emerges, however, is not a cynical view or that of a curmudgeon, but an enormously positive approach simply to reading, and enjoying literature. He concludes one essay, brilliantly with, "Read at whim. Read at whim." He writes about what has so often been though, but never quite so well expressed.
Winail
Jarrell's lush communication style has always thrilled me. For the rare impact Jarrell's style has on me.
I am moved simply by the effort to bring Jarrell back to the fray.
It is enough for me to be touched once more by the rare combination of language-as-electrical current unique to Jarrell's voice.
No Other Book: Selected Essays ebook
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