The Mind's Landscape: William Bronk and Twentieth-century American Poetry

University of Delaware Press
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Throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, the poet WilliamBronk (1918-1999) was a significant voice in the American literarylandscape. Even though he spent nearly all of his life in Hudson Falls, NY, Bronk was a vital presence in American poetry as evidenced byhis connections to Robert Frost, Charles Olson, George Oppen, RobertCreeley, Wallace Stevens, Susan Howe, Rosemarie Waldrop, andothers. The Mind's Landscape attempts to present a freshperspective of twentieth-century literary history as seen through thelens of Bronk's life as a writer
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About the author

David W. Clippinger is a former Associate Professor of English and American Studies at Penn State University.
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Publisher
University of Delaware Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 2006
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9780874139143
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Criticism / American / General
Literary Criticism / Poetry
Poetry / American / General
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