When Randall Jarrell died in 1965, he left a critically acclaimed body of poetry, fiction, and criticism that has earned him a permanent place in the pantheon of American letters. A Library of Congress Poet Laureate and National Book Award winner, he had a formidable intellect and wit that endeared him to--or infuriated--the finest minds of his ...
When Randall Jarrell died in 1965, he left a critically acclaimed body of poetry, fiction, and criticism that has earned him a permanent place in the pantheon of American letters. A Library of Congress Poet Laureate and National Book Award winner, he had a formidable intellect and wit that endeared him to--or infuriated--the finest minds of his day. Now, in the nine essays collected in Remembering Randall, his widow, Mary von Schrader Jarrell, offers a distinctive portrait of the esteemed poet-critic as only she could have known him. Capturing the essence of this complex, brilliant man, she writes knowingly about the wellsprings and character of Jarrell's poetry, particularly his last and best book, The Lost World; his courageous endeavor, after suffering from hepatitis, to create the celebrated children's books The Bat-Poet and The Animal Family; his lifelong friendships with fiction writer Peter Taylor and poet Robert "Cal" Lowell; his commitment during the last eight years of his life to completing his translation of Goethe's Faust, Part One; and, finally, their marriage. From their home in North Carolina to Washington, New York, San Francisco, and London, Mary von Schrader Jarrell vividly describes the restless mind and free spirit they shared in their marriage. As she writes, "To be married to Randall was to be encapsulated with him." This engrossing, intimate collection could not serve as a better tribute.
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Publishers Weekly, 1999-05-31 Mary von Schrader met Randall Jarrell at a writers' conference in 1951; they married a year later and remained inseparable for most of the 13 years until Randall's death in 1965. These nine essays record, admiringly and lovingly, aspects of Randall's work and of his life with Mary. One piece shows how Randall turned others' ideas and events into his own poems, beginning with his first love poem to Mary, a wonderful six-line exhortation called "The Meteorite." Another essay tracks the poet's deep friendship with the fiction writer Peter Taylor. Mary's analysis of Randall's "Lyric Ear" relates the aural effects in his poems to his actual speech. And a concluding essay tries hard to convey the ups and downs, the joys and difficulties, of Randall and Mary's odd and sometimes inspiring marriage: she follows and shares his successive enthusiasms, commiserates when his poet friends (like Robert Lowell) enter manic phases and tries hard to cope with the instability that marked the last year of Randall's life. Neither a critical study, nor a biography, nor a comprehensive memoir of the years it covers, this informal and amiable gathering of essays testifies first of all to Mary's deep love for her late husband, and to her persistent, cherishing attention to his work. Some of the best material (notably an essay on Washington, D.C., in the 1950s) is new, while a few of these essays appeared in literary journals in the 1970s. Readers seeking scandal will find none. Those who want to hear about happy marriages could do worse than discover Mary Jarrell's account. And no one who already cares for Randall's poetry or prose will want to miss Mary's recollections of its author. (June) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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