Knopf, August 1994. First Edition. Cloth. Used - Very Good / Very Good. Item #285208
An intimately perceptive account, by a poet who knew them all, of the brilliant circle of poets who lived and worked in Boston through the half-decade beginning in 1955. That was the year Peter Davison, coming to Boston as a book editor, was swept up in a world - in a tumult - of poetry. He rediscovered his father's old friend Robert Frost. He briefly squired Sylvia Plath. He came to know Robert Lowell (whose poems and private disasters dominated the period) and Adrienne Rich, Stanley Kunitz, Richard Wilbur, Anne Sexton, W.S. Merwin, and others who, closely bound together in friendship or rivalry or both, defined the shape of American poetry at mid-century. Through their eyes as well as his own, and often in their words, Davison presents a sharply fresh vision of the shift from confidence to a troubled questioning that overtook America - a transformation that was, in a sense, foreshadowed in the sensibilities, in the writings, sometimes in the lives, of some of our finest poets.
Octavo with mildly edgeworn dustjacket. Front flap is not clipped. Grey cloth covered boards with gold lettering on spine. Raspberry red textblock top stain. Previous reader's name written in ink upon ffep. Tightly bound. Small tear to rear pastedown at bottom near spine. [348 pages]