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The best of The Kenyon review
Lynn, David H. (David Hayden), 1954-
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Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, [2003]

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xv, 441 pages ; 23 cm
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Kenyon review (Gambier, Ohio : 1939)
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PS535.5 .B498 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Short stories, poems and essays from the acclaimed literary journal

Author Notes

David Lynn has been the editor of The Kenyon Review since 1994. He is Professor of English at Kenyon College

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Founded by John Crowe Ransom in 1939, the Kenyon Review has always been the little literary magazine that could, publishing some of the century's best writers from a tiny village in Ohio. This first book-length collection of pieces published in the Review showcases its remarkable consistency, longevity, and diversity. From an essay about Yeats' status as a major poet by W. H. Auden to a hilariously neurotic short story by Woody Allen, the breadth of style and literary form is impressive. The greatest joy in the collection is the chance to read lesser-known works by titanic writers, like F. Scott Fitzgerald's short story The World's Fair and a clever and thoroughly postmodern Samuel Beckett monologue. Several recent pieces published during the tenure of current editor David Lynn by the likes of Ha Jin and Joyce Carol Oates show that the Review continues to be an important voice in American literature. An impressive collection. --John Green Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Since 1939 (with a 10-year hiatus from 1969-79), The Kenyon Review has steadily published essays, short stories, poetry and fiction from both celebrated and unknown authors. This new anthology, culled from the Review's archives, is as much a testament to the journal's history, range and eclecticism as it is a collection of venerable and established authors. Assembled by journal's current editor, Lynn, the anthology is full of brilliant and lesser-known works by acclaimed writers ranging from W.H. Auden and Samuel Beckett to Julio Cortazar and Italo Calvino. Works published in the early years of the Review, particularly the poems of Randall Jarrell, John Berryman and Bertolt Brecht, share a particular point of despair directed at a fallen, broken world-a vision probably affected by the experiences of the second World War. While there are several pieces of notable prose returned to life by this anthology-Peter Taylor's short story "Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time" and F.O. Matthiessen's critical essay on Henry James being some of the best-it's the collection's poetry that is the most affecting. Derek Walcott's elegiac and playful "Piano Practice," Galway Kinnell's mournful "Goodbye," along with Richard Howard's long poem "Occupations" and the closing pieces by Charles Wright and Ruth Stone reverberate and echo one another with their haunted memories, visions of the past and a wisdom that can come only from looking back. As Oates declares in her introduction, this anthology is "a remarkable gathering of twentieth-century literary riches"-an excellent choice for readers of all stripes. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

For more than 60 years, proclaims the Kenyon Review's homepage, this journal has attempted "to identify exceptionally talented emerging writers, especially from diverse communities, and publish their work alongside the many distinguished, established writers featured in its pages." Organized chronologically, this wide-ranging anthology of poetry, stories, and essays provides a fine introduction for new readers as well as a convenient volume for devotees of this distinguished literary magazine. The early years are well represented with essays by founding editor John Crowe Ransom and W.H. Auden, poetry by Robert Lowell and Wallace Stevens, and stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Peter Taylor. Contemporary works include an essay by Gerald Early, poetry by Charles Wright and Rita Dove, and short stories by Thomas Glave, Ha Jin, and Joyce Carol Oates, who also contributed the introduction. As Kenyon Review editor Lynn writes in his preface, "We are in perpetual quest of superb writing"-and readers are of course the beneficiaries. Recommended for most collections.-Kathryn R. Bartelt, Univ. of Evansville Libs., IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Joyce Carol OatesRandall JarrellFederico Garcia LorcaJohn BerrymanDylan ThomasAllen TateMarianne MooreF.O. MatthiessenBertolt BrechtJohn Crowe RansomMuriel RukeyserWilliam Carlos WilliamsRobert LowellWallace StevensRobert LowellW.H. AudenF. Scott FitzgeraldSean O'FaolainRandall JarrellJames WrightFlannery O'ConnorKonstantinos KavaphesRuth StonePeter TaylorDelmore SchwartzJames WrightThomas PynchonSylvia PlathJames DickeyNadine GordimerJohn Crowe RansomDoris LessingE.L. DoctorowJulio CortazarRobert HassVladimir NabokovSamuel BeckettLewis HydeGalway KinnellDerek WalcottWoody AllenRita DoveItalo CalvinoLouise ErdrichGerald EarlyReginald McKnightPhilip LevineYusef KomunyakaaRichard HowardEavan BolandHa JinJoyce Carol OatesThomas GlaveCharles WrightRuth Stone
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
The Winter's Tale (1939)p. 6
The Interrupted Concert (1939)p. 10
Letter to His Brother (1940)p. 12
Poem (1940)p. 14
The Trout Map (1940)p. 16
Four Quartz Crystal Clocks (1940)p. 19
James and the Plastic Arts (1943)p. 22
Poems of Exile (1945)p. 37
Art and the Human Economy (1945)p. 42
The Dream-Singing Elegy (1946)p. 49
A Place (Any Place) to Transcend All Places (1946)p. 54
Winter in Dunbarton (1946)p. 58
The Auroras of Autumn (1948)p. 60
Falling Asleep over the Aeneid (1948)p. 70
Yeats as an Example (1948)p. 74
The World's Fair (1948)p. 82
Persecution Mania (1949)p. 92
Walt Whitman: He Had His Nerve (1953)p. 98
Robert Sitting in My Hands (1953)p. 113
The Life You Save May Be Your Own (1953)p. 116
Waiting for the Barbarians (1955)p. 127
Memoir (1956)p. 130
Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time (1958)p. 132
Sonnet (1958)p. 159
All the Beautiful Are Blameless (1958)p. 161
Entropy (1960)p. 164
The Beekeeper's Daughter (1960)p. 178
The Change (1960)p. 180
Message in a Bottle (1962)p. 182
Prelude to an Evening (1963)p. 188
One Off the Short List (1963)p. 199
Loon Lake (1979)p. 222
Summer (1979)p. 233
Four Poems (1979)p. 242
Demon (1979)p. 249
A Piece of Monologue (1979)p. 251
Some Food We Could Not Eat (1979)p. 256
Goodbye (1979)p. 287
Piano Practice (1980)p. 290
Retribution (1980)p. 293
Grape Sherbert (1982)p. 307
Autumn (1983)p. 309
Lulu's Boys (1984)p. 316
The Black Intellectual and the Sport of Prizefighting (1988)p. 328
The Kind of Light That Shines on Texas (1989)p. 347
Agnus Dei (1989)p. 360
History Lessons (1991)p. 362
Occupations (1992)p. 365
What Language Did (1994)p. 376
Emperor (1995)p. 379
Death Mother (1995)p. 392
The Final Inning (1996)p. 415
Basic Dialogue (1997)p. 438
Poems (1999)p. 440
Author Indexp. 443
About the Editorp. 444