By Richard Howard
Richard Howard has been writing fashionable, deeply expert remark on sleek tradition and literature for greater than 4 many years. here's a number of his best essays, together with a few by no means sooner than released in booklet shape, on a best suited variety of subjects--from American poets like Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore to French artists akin to Rodin and Michel Delacroix. additionally incorporated are issues of contemporary sculpture and of the images of the human physique. Howard's extreme familiarity with glossy poetry is visible to very good impression in essays at the "poetry of forgetting," at the motives and results of experimental poetry, and at the first books of poets whose paintings he helped introduce--among them, J. D. McClatchy, Frank Bidart, and Cynthia MacDonald. after all, Howard brings to his attention of French literature a unprecedented knowledge drawn from his celebrated paintings as a translator of Stendhal and Gide, Barthes and Cocteau, Yourcenar and Gracq.
Hilton Kramer as soon as wrote that Richard Howard "performs the fundamental serious provider. He indicates us the level of the terrain. He issues out its crucial positive aspects. And he offers us a really brilliant experience of its ethos in addition to of its esthetics." Howard, now in his seventy-fifth 12 months, keeps his adroit, creative remark, which enriches us all.
Richard Howard is a poet, student, instructor, critic, and translator. the writer of greater than a dozen books, together with Inner Voices: chosen Poems, 1963-2003, he's the recipient of either the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the nationwide booklet Award for translation. He teaches at Columbia collage and is poetry editor of The Paris Review.
Richard Howard has been writing fashionable, deeply knowledgeable remark on glossy tradition and literature for greater than 4 many years. His prior paintings Alone with the United States: Essays at the artwork of Poetry within the usa when you consider that 1950
has lengthy been hailed as a landmark in literary feedback. Paper Trail
is a variety of his most interesting essays, together with a few by no means earlier than released in e-book shape, on a wonderful diversity of subjects—from American poets equivalent to Emily Dickinson and Marianne Moore to French artists similar to Rodin and Michel Delacroix. additionally integrated are issues of recent sculpture and of the images of the human physique.
Howard's excessive familiarity with smooth poetry is visible to very good impact in essays on "the poetry of forgetting," at the reason and results of experimental poetry, and at the first books of poets whose paintings he helped brought. after all, Howard brings to his attention of French literature a unprecedented knowledge drawn from his celebrated paintings as a translator of Stendhal and Gide, Barthes and Cocteau, Yourcenar an Gracq.
Hilton Kramer as soon as wrote that Richard Howard "performs the basic serious provider. He indicates us the level of the terrain. He issues out its crucial positive factors. And he provides us a really bright experience of its ethos in addition to of its esthetics." Howard, now in his seventy-fifth 12 months, keeps his adroit, creative statement, which enriches us all.
"If Richard Howard weren't a poet in any respect, he may stand out however as a translator, an editor, a instructor of poets, and a critic of French, English, and American literature. Paper Trail collects his arrestingly difficult essays on all 3, in addition to Howard's writings on visible artwork . . . The essays in Paper Trail supply language a minimum of as difficult as that of Howard's verse, and data in even larger abundance: they could educate what the poems suppose we all know. Howard's choice for mannered abstractions, which may prevent the poems, assists the essays, making them extra bold, and extra bold, than such a lot; even if their specific judgments don't persuade, their basic propositions enlighten."—Stephen Burt, The Washington put up publication World
"While the essays variety from Emily Dickinson to Robert Mapplethorpe to Claude Simon, they represent an intimate autobiography . . . Paper Trail is whatever a lot higher than an issue in regards to the form of yankee poetry."—James Longenbach, Boston Review
"[Howard is] a powerful guy of letters: an excellent poet, pioneering translator, respected champion of rising poets, and discovered, far-ranging critic. during this stunning essay assortment, a real landmark quantity, Howard exemplifies the advantages of the lifetime of the brain, which for him is a veritable fountain of youngster. Over the process approximately 4 many years, he hasn't ever misplaced the highbrow vivaciousness of his previous works at the same time adventure and transforming into wisdom have deepened his standpoint. Howard writes with equivalent zest and perception in regards to the trivialities of grammar and the grandness of worldviews, the oddities of writers and the nice sweep of literature . . . Drolly witty, discerning, and wielding a vocabulary and syntax to die for, Howard makes each one of his selected matters important of the reader's so much avid attention."—Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Well-crafted essays, forewords, and afterwords on poets and poetry by way of the critic, translator, editor, and poet . . . the gathering opens with a gleaming essay, from 1973, on Emily Dickinson, who used to be simply then being rediscovered and wanted her champions in a rhymeless time. Howard's attention is very illuminating, and it good illustrates his magpie means of turning up glittering oddments . . . in different places the famous translator of Baudelaire and different French writers turns his recognition to Francophone literature, and particularly on writers who're no longer a lot learn at the present time, akin to Marguerite Yourcenar, Claude Simon, or even the irreplaceable Stendhal. those admiring items . . . should wake up curiosity in these writers, which might be a grand carrier to them. somewhere else nonetheless Howard praises then-new poets akin to J. D. McClatchy, the writings of Brassaïoch, the facility of storytelling, and kindred concerns, giving type to an altogether passable assortment. [The publication should be] of curiosity to Howard's admirers and students."—Kirkus Reviews