Very Good. Very Good/ Very Good: pos on ffep, price written in small at back inside cover, otherwise clean & unmarked inside & out, tight, square copy 8vo gray quarter cloth, dj beige w/ black lettering; From Publishers Weekly Cowley and Burke, high-school classmate. Cowley condemned free verse in a 1916 letter; a few pages later, he's off to Paris, cavorting with Dada poet Tristan Tzara. Burke made for New York City, where he ventured in several directions at once as critic, novelist, playwright, essayist, poet. Both men, now in their 90s, won recognition through a long lifetime's work. Surely one of the most remarkable literary correspondences, this moving record of a friendship presents the duo as sparring partners who insult, challenge, prod and test each other. Cowley's editing of Faulkner and Hemingway sparked a dialogue with Burke on the special traits of American (as distinct from European) literature. Burke, on his side, wrote about his difficult synthesis of poetry, speech, linguistics and philosophy. Though each went his separate way, electric sparks flew across the widening gap, and these tremendously articulate, intense, profane and self-critical letters are a joy to read. Jay is a professor of English at Loyola University in Chicago. Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Critics Burke and Cowley met as children and have been corresponding for more than six decades. Although they both knew most important American writers since Dreiser, their letters provide only glimpses of the literary scene: Paris in the 1920s, the leftist crusade of the 1930s, and the lives of post-modern poets and novelists. Instead, the two friends focus on their own books, bouncing ideas off each other and criticizing works in progress. Although sometimes demanding, the letters are also funny, affectionate, and moving; and especially valuable in showing the genesis of many of Burke's seminal theories in literary and social criticism. For all literature collections. Michael Edmonds, State Historical Soc. of Wisconsin Lib., Madison Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. Jacket: Very Good. 464pp.
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