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ISBN-10: 0374605696
ISBN-13: 9780374605698
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 05/24/2022
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The Letters of Thom Gunn

Editor: Michael Nott
Editor: August Kleinzahler
Editor: Clive Wilmer

Hardcover

Price: $45.00

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The Letters of Thom Gunn presents the first complete portrait of the private life, reflections, and relationships of a maverick figure in the history of British and American poetry.

I write about love, I write about friendship, remarked Thom Gunn: I find that they are absolutely intertwined. These core values permeate his correspondence with friends, family, lovers, and fellow poets, and shed new light on one of the most singular and compelling poets in English during the past half-century (The Times Literary Supplement).

The Letters of Thom Gunn, edited by August Kleinzahler, Michael Nott, and Clive Wilmer, reveals the evolution of Gunn’s work and illuminates the fascinating life that informed his poems: his struggle to come to terms with his mother’s suicide; his changing relationship with his life partner, Mike Kitay; the LSD trips that led to his celebrated collection Moly (1971); and the deaths of friends from AIDS that inspired the powerful, unsparing elegies of The Man with Night Sweats (1992).

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The Letters of Thom Gunn is the first book to present his private words for public consideration, and it makes for absorbing reading . . . we have Gunn's thoughts on everything from pornography to poststructuralism, and his delight at being the soul of indiscretion. . . Reading what Gunn didn't choose to show to the public, and knowing what he did, it becomes clear how personal a writer he is, even when he's seemingly at his most impersonal. The correspondence throws new light on his work by allowing us to see things other than his notorious coolness. –Matthew Bevis, Harper's

Fascinating glimpses into the way a first-rate poet managed to keep a precarious gift at the center of his life, while also fully living that life. –Nate Klug, The Threepenny Review

Poets Kleinzahler and Wilmer join up with scholar Nott for this beautifully selected collection of letters by poet Thom Gunn (1929-2004). The first presentation of 'Gunn's private words for public consideration, ' it's filled with powerful takes on his creative process, interpersonal relationships, and day-to-day life . . . The editors' footnotes are illustrative rather than intrusive, and the robust collection is packed with life and vigor. This should help bring Gunn and his work to a new generation of readers. –Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Meticulously edited, introduced, and annotated by literary scholar Nott and poets Kleinzahler and Wilmer, this commodious selection vibrantly portrays the acclaimed British poet Gunn . . . sure to please any fan of literary biography. –Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Gunn's letters are a testament to his vitality and enthusiasm for a cornucopia of experiences embraced with gusto and eloquently shared. –Booklist (Starred Review)

Impeccably curated and crafted by a distinguished trio of fellow poets and scholars, this selection of missives by poet Thom Gunn establishes the literary artist as an enormously talented and creative powerhouse. Through his letters, readers will garner a new appreciation for Gunn through his craft and work with other poets, his personal interactions, his sexuality as a gay man in the era of AIDS, and his overall life. –Jim Piechota, The Bay Area Reporter

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ISBN-10: 0374605696
ISBN-13: 9780374605698
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 05/24/2022
Dimensions: 0.00" L, 0.00" W, 0.00" H
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