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Laughlin, James 1914-1997

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Works: 478 works in 766 publications in 3 languages and 15,485 library holdings
Genres: Records and correspondence  History  Biography  Periodicals  Poetry  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Publishing director, Author of introduction, Inscriber, Translator, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Correspondent
Classifications: PS3523.A8245, B
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Most widely held works about James Laughlin
 
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Most widely held works by James Laughlin
New directions in prose and poetry ( )
in English and held by 1,385 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pound as wuz : essays and lectures on Ezra Pound by James Laughlin( Book )
10 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A lume spento, and other early poems by Ezra Pound( Book )
2 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
William Carlos Williams and James Laughlin : selected letters by William Carlos Williams( Book )
7 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 486 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The correspondence of William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) and James Laughlin (1914- ) began in December 1933. Laughlin asked Williams for a contribution to the student literary magazine, the "Advocate", which appeared in the February 1934 issue. This began the relationship between an author and a publisher
A Wreath of Christmas poems by Albert M Hayes( Book )
8 editions published between 1942 and 1985 in English and held by 467 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What shall we do without us? : the voice and vision of Kenneth Patchen by Kenneth Patchen( Book )
2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Thomas Merton and James Laughlin : selected letters by Thomas Merton( Book )
5 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Nearly thirty years of lively correspondence documents this remarkable literary and personal relationship. The different perspectives of Merton and Laughlin produce a fascinating portrait of the times, and their letters open an important window into the life and mind of Thomas Merton
Delmore Schwartz and James Laughlin : selected letters by Delmore Schwartz( Book )
3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
DELMORE SCHWARTZ: from his glorification as the golden boy of the American literary scene to his untimely death in 1966, alone and destitute. JAMES LAUGHLIN: founder of New Directions, publisher and editor of the modernists. This collection chronicles a correspondence that began with the poet's first unsolicited submission to New Directions in 1937, and continued throughout the tempestuous friendship that lasted until the poet's death. The relationship that developed between them was both literary, steeped in their own work and that of their contemporaries, and personal: gifted storytellers, they delighted each other with factual and fictional observations. The two remained friends and colleagues until the mental illness that eventually claimed him began to destroy Schwartz's ability to trust even those closest to him. Here follows the highs and lows of a relationship between two extraordinary personalities
The secret room : poems by James Laughlin( Book )
9 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Laughlin, poet and publisher, is known in Italy as Il Catullo americano, the American Catullus. Like the Latin poet whom Laughlin has long called his master, the subject at the heart of his work remains "love/ ... & the lack of love, /which is what makes evil," but seen now from the wry, often poignant perspective of old age. In his newest collection, The Secret Room, he has gathered nearly 150 poems that address his mature theme in a variety of ways. The philosophical lyrics of "Looking Inward" and the satirical jabs and invectives of "Epigrams and Comic Verses" employ short-line forms, including Laughlin's signature "typewriter metric," originally devised with the advice of William Carlos Williams. "Byways" continues his autobiographical work-in-progress, in a three-stress line borrowed from Kenneth Rexroth. And with "39 Pentastichs," Laughlin introduces a five-line stanza in a natural voice cadence suited to casual observations
Remembering William Carlos Williams by James Laughlin( Book )
11 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Henry Miller and James Laughlin : selected letters by Henry Miller( Book )
12 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Sames Laughlin was first introduced to Henry Miller's writing in 1934 when he was studying with Ezra Pound in Rapallo, Italy. As Laughlin remembers it, one day Pound tossed a book at him across the table at which they were sitting, saying, "Waal Jas, here's a dirty book that's really good. You'd better read that if your morals can stand it." Laughlin was so impressed with the book, Tropic of Cancer, that he promptly initiated a correspondence with Miller which soon turned into a publisher/author relationship when Laughlin, at Pound's urging, founded New Directions in 1936. Ever mercurial in temperament, an idealist who struggled financially to meet his material needs, Miller relied on his publisher Laughlin's generosity and expert editorial advice for decades. Although Miller's letters, sometimes quite teasingly, decried the conservatism of American book publishing, Miller nevertheless trusted Laughlin with intimate details about his work and personal life
In another country : poems 1935-1975 by James Laughlin( Book )
4 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The man in the wall : poems by James Laughlin( Book )
9 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 268 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Laughlin has been called the American Catullus. Like that most Greek of ancient Latin poets, he elevates his everyday subjects with wit and clarity of language. Love and hate, death and aging, politics, literature, travel, the horrors of war - Laughlin's muse speaks of all these things with a fresh directness that makes his poems both timeless and contemporary. The founder of New Directions, Laughlin's efforts as publisher and poet have been to prolong and extend the old poetic traditions. Poetry for him is, in Gertrude Stein's phrase, a "continuous present" in all times and cultures. Laughlin developed his distinctive tight metrics with the advice of William Carlos Williams. A longer, comical line is found in the recent poems of Laughlin's doppelganger, Hiram Handspring. The Man in the Wall follows Laughlin's recent Collected Poems (Moyer Bell Limited)
Poems, new and selected by James Laughlin( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The poetry of the late James Laughlin (1914-97) spans a period of over sixty years, from the first verses written in his signature "typewriter" metric to the most recent pieces that open his Poems New and Selected. Laughlin reveals himself in his poems as a master of concision, of the well-placed word that penetrates the human heart. Over two hundred and twenty five poems included here show his technical brilliance as well: in short- and long-line poems; in the three-stress verses of his autobiographical "Byways"; in "Epigrams," amatory and otherwise, and "Pentastichs"; in idiosyncratic "(American) French" poems and their translations of his own devising
Selected poems, 1935-1985 by James Laughlin( Book )
4 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The bird of endless time : poems by James Laughlin( Book )
5 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The collected poems of James Laughlin by James Laughlin( Book )
5 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in English and held by 252 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the literary world James Laughlin is best known as the publisher of New Directions Books. But he has also been a dedicated poet. His work is both modern - rich in technical experiment - and ancient - grounded in the Greek and Latin poets. Guy Davenport has called Laughlin "a very ironic Roman poet, and a very salty Greek one. Which is not to say that he imitates anybody, or offers plaster casts of antiquities. He is the youngest and most modern poet now writing in the United States. He is the real thing." Laughlin describes himself as a writer of light verse. He can be witty but underneath the wit there are often pungent truths about the human condition. His work is notable for its range of subject matter, the originality of its invention, his restoration of the classical tradition, his wordplay, his satire, and the intensity of his love poems. Few poets have dealt with the quandaries of love so acutely since Rochester and Herrick. "Who else today," asks the critic Marjorie Perloff, "writes such bittersweet, ironic, rueful, erotic, tough-minded, witty love poems, poems that run the gamut from ecstacy to loss"? This volume collects Laughlin's poems from 1935 to 1993. His Random Stories and Random Essays are also published by Moyer Bell
The owl of Minerva : poems by James Laughlin( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A commonplace book of pentastichs by James Laughlin( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
James Laughlin (1914-97) was a poet of distinction as well as the founding publisher of New Directions. A Commonplace Book of Pentastichs, the last book of his own that he helped to prepare, is a compilation of 249 poems composed in a five-line stanza form first introduced in The Secret Room (1997). A note to "Thirty-nine Pentastichs" in that earlier volume explains: "A 'pentastich' refers simply to a poem of five lines, without regard to metrics. The present selection is of recent short-line compositions in natural voice cadence, many of them marginal jottings and paraphrases of commonplace book notations." Here, then, are armchair marginalia and apercus to be savored at random
Selected writings by Paul Valéry( Book )
1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Laughlin, J.
Laughlin, J. 1914-
Laughlin, J. 1914-1997
Laughlin, J. (James), 1914-
Laughlin, J. (James), 1914-1997
Languages
English (173)
Italian (7)
Spanish (1)
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