The Wounded Surgeon: Confessions and Transformations in Six American Poets
Publish Date: 2005-04-01
One of the most promising young poet-critics in America (Los Angeles Times) examines a revolutionary generation of poets.
Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, Randall Jarrell, and Delmore Schwartz formed one of the great constellations of talent in American literature. In the decades after World War II, they changed American poetry forever by putting themselves at risk in their poems in a new and provocative way. Their daring work helped to inspire the popular style of poetry now known as confessional. But partly as a result of their openness, they have become better known for their tumultuous livesafflicted by mental illness, alcoholism, and suicidethan for their work. This book reclaims their achievement by offering critical biographies of the poetry tracing the development of each poet's work, exploring their major themes and techniques, and examining how they transformed life into art. An ideal introduction for readers coming to these major American poets for the first time, it will also help veteran readers to appreciate their work in a new light.