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Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff : a modern correspondence
Olson, Charles, 1910-1970.
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[Middletown, Conn.] : Wesleyan University Press ; Hanover, NH : University Press of New England, [1999]

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xviii, 552 pages ; 24 cm

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Central Library PS3529.L655 Z4834 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A series of letters between Black Mountain poet Charles Olson and his most ardent reader.

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The "elder statesman" of the Black Mountain school of poets, Charles Olson directly affected the work of fellow teachers Robert Duncan and Robert Creeley, as well as students including John Wieners, Jonathan Williams, Joel Oppenheimer, and Edward Dorn. In his Selected Writings (1967), Olson emphasizes "how to restore man to his "dynamic.' There is too much concern, he feels, with end and not enough with instant. It is not things that are important, but what happens between them. . . . He thinks of poetry as transfers of energy and he reminds us that dance is kinesis, not mimesis" (N.Y. Times). Human Universe and Other Essays is a collection of interesting pieces on subjects ranging from Homer to Yeats. Proprioception is one of Olson's seminal essays on verse and the poet's awareness.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Olson attended Wesleyan, Harvard, and Yale Universities. He taught at Harvard University and Clark and Black Mountain colleges. He received two Guggenheim Fellowships and a grant from the Wenner-Gren Foundation to study Mayan hieroglyphs in the Yucatan. His involvement with early Indian societies stimulated his interest in mysticism and the drug culture.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

IntroductionSharon Thesen
Part I 22 November 1947 - 26 May 1949
Part II 25 May 1949 - 21 October 1949
Part III 10 November 1949 - 6 December 1949
Part IV 14 December 1949 - 4 May 1950
Part V 11 May 1950 - 19 July 1950
Part VI 21 July 1950 - 7 September 1950
Selected WorksCharles Olson
WorksFrances Boldereff

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