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No American poet has so swiftly and decisively remodeled the course of poetry as Hart Crane. In his haunted, transient life, Crane original a distinctively trendy idiom that fused the ornate rhetoric of the Elizabethans, the ecstatic enigmas of Rimbaud, and the prophetic utterances and cosmic sympathy of Whitman, in a quest for wholeness and therapeutic in what he known as “the damaged world.”

White Buildings, maybe the best debut quantity in American poetry since Leaves of Grass, is however an beautiful prelude to Crane’s masterpiece The Bridge, his magnificent evocation of America from Columbus to the Jazz Age that countered the pessimism of Eliot’s The Waste Land and have become a vital affect on poets whose affect continues to this present day.

This version is the most important assortment of Crane’s writings ever revealed. Gathered listed below are the entire poems and revealed prose, together with a beneficiant collection of Crane’s letters, a number of of which have by no means earlier than been revealed. In his letters Crane elucidates his goals as an artist and offers fascinating glosses on his poetry.

His voluminous correspondence additionally affords an intriguing glimpse into his difficult character, in addition to his tempestuous relationships with household, lovers, and writers resembling Allen Tate, Waldo Frank, Yvor Winters, Jean Toomer, Marianne Moore, E. E. Cummings, William Carlos Williams, and Katherine Anne Porter. A number of letters included listed below are revealed for the primary time.

This landmark 850-page quantity encompasses a detailed and freshly-researched chronology of Crane’s life in addition to in depth explanatory notes, and over fifty biographical sketches of Crane’s correspondents.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an impartial nonprofit cultural group based in 1979 to protect our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and protecting completely in print, America’s finest and most important writing. The Library of America sequence consists of greater than 300 volumes up to now, authoritative editions that common 1,000 pages in size, function fabric covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that can final for hundreds of years.