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The songs we know best : John Ashbery's early life, Karin Roffman

Label
The songs we know best : John Ashbery's early life
Title
The songs we know best
Title remainder
John Ashbery's early life
Statement of responsibility
Karin Roffman
Title variation
John Ashbery's early life
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The first biography of an American master. The Songs We Know Best, the first comprehensive biography of the early life of John Ashbery--the winner of nearly every major American literary award--reveals the unusual ways he drew on the details of his youth to populate the poems that made him one of the most original and unpredictable forces of the last century in arts and letters. Drawing on unpublished correspondence, juvenilia, and childhood diaries as well as more than one hundred hours of conversation with the poet, Karin Roffman offers an insightful portrayal of Ashbery during the twenty-eight years that led up to his stunning debut, Some Trees, chosen by W. H. Auden for the 1955 Yale Younger Poets Prize. Roffman shows how Ashbery's poetry arose from his early lessons both on the family farm and in 1950s New York City--a bohemian existence that teemed with artistic fervor and radical innovations inspired by Dada and surrealism as well as lifelong friendships with painters and writers such as Frank O'Hara, Jane Freilicher, Nell Blaine, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, and Willem de Kooning. Ashbery has a reputation for being enigmatic and playfully elusive, but Roffman's biography reveals his deft mining of his early life for the flint and tinder from which his provocative later poems grew, producing a body of work that he calls "the experience of experience, " an intertwining of life and art in extraordinarily intimate ways." -- Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Roffman, Karin
Dewey number
  • 811/.54
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3501.S475
LC item number
Z83 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ashbery, John
  • Ashbery, John
  • Ashbery, John
  • Poets, American
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • Poets, American
Label
The songs we know best : John Ashbery's early life, Karin Roffman
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-297) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"My grand party" -- "The pleasant early years" (1927-1935) -- Blue mountain (1936-1940) -- Quiz kid (1940-1941) -- The art of self-education (1942-1943) -- Self-portrait at Deerfield (1943-1945) -- "Undergraduate reflections" (1945-1947) -- "Some trees" (1947-1949) -- "Darkness falls like a wet sponge" (1949-1951) -- "Greetings, friends!" (1951-1953) -- "What more is there to do, except stay? And that we cannot do" (1954-1955)
Control code
ocn957022068
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 316 pages
Isbn
9780374293840
Lccn
2016045038
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027281704
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o957022068
  • (Sirsi) o957022068
  • (OCoLC)957022068
Label
The songs we know best : John Ashbery's early life, Karin Roffman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-297) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"My grand party" -- "The pleasant early years" (1927-1935) -- Blue mountain (1936-1940) -- Quiz kid (1940-1941) -- The art of self-education (1942-1943) -- Self-portrait at Deerfield (1943-1945) -- "Undergraduate reflections" (1945-1947) -- "Some trees" (1947-1949) -- "Darkness falls like a wet sponge" (1949-1951) -- "Greetings, friends!" (1951-1953) -- "What more is there to do, except stay? And that we cannot do" (1954-1955)
Control code
ocn957022068
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xv, 316 pages
Isbn
9780374293840
Lccn
2016045038
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40027281704
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o957022068
  • (Sirsi) o957022068
  • (OCoLC)957022068

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