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O My Land, My Friends: Selected Letters of Hart Crane. edited by Langdon Hammer and Brom Weber, foreword by Paul Bowles.

Letters] Crane, Hart.

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ISBN 10: 0941423182 / ISBN 13: 9780941423182
Published by Four Walls Eight Windows, New York, 1997
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A Fine tight copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. This selection of more than 300 letters illustrates the complexity and richness of Crane's life and served as his notebook, his diary, his workshop and confessional. They document his ideas, observations, speculations and even drafts of poems. Catalog Coffee. Bookseller Inventory # 22155

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Title: O My Land, My Friends: Selected Letters of ...

Publisher: Four Walls Eight Windows, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition.

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This edition features over three hundred letters, selected to best illustrate the complexity and textures of Hart Crane’s turbulent life –– from family pressures, to his creative ambition, to his homosexuality.

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This is an important work for students of Crane and perhaps for anyone interested in a life of poetry writing. Of the 355 selected letters, 141 did not appear in the previous collection of Crane's letters in 1952. As the introduction notes, since Crane left few literary essays or book reviews, these letters stand as a significant expression of his ideas about art, poetry, and culture. Perhaps even more significantly, however, they show his struggle to develop as a poet. Somewhat isolated by his early work situation in Cleveland, perenially plagued by financial difficulties, and torn between his eventually divorced parents, Crane nonetheless unhesitatingly established and maintained literary correspondences with kindred spirits and writers (such as Sherwood Anderson) whose work he admired. In the letters, Crane argues about the direction of poetry, unabashedly evaluates other writers of the day, and tells of memorable or inspiring encounters with Chaplin, O'Neill, and others. As to his own work, he reveals the difficulty he had making progress and his relentless solicitations for uncensored feedback from his peers. Jim O'Laughlin

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