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Trying it out in America : literary and other performances

Author: Richard Poirier
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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As the title of his new book suggests, Richard Poirier believes that the United States has been uncommonly hospitable to literary and artistic experimentation, to innovation and daring. Just as the nation likes to imagine itself as always in a state of becoming and renewal, some of its greatest writers have seemed willing to accept a measure of neglect during their lifetimes in return for the promise of posthumous
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Aufsatzsammlung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Poirier
ISBN: 0374279411 9780374279417 0374529183 9780374529185
OCLC Number: 40881670
Description: xvi, 310 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Marianne Moore: accurate gusto --
Elusive Whitman --
Reaching Frank O'Hara --
Balanchine in America --
The hidden T.S. Eliot --
Allusive pop: Bette Midler in concert --
Erasing America --
Baudrillard's America deserta --
Martin Amis's inferno --
Peter Conrad's confusions --
Vidal's American empire --
The case of Arthur Inman --
Is there an American manhood? --
Gertrude Stein: "Manly Agitations" --
"Are they my poor?": Emerson's Steinian question --
In cold ink: Truman Capote --
Mailer's strangest book --
In praise of vagueness: Henry and William James --
Melville's vanity of failure --
Whitman: the end game.
Responsibility: Richard Poirier.

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As the title of his new book suggests, Richard Poirier believes that the United States has been uncommonly hospitable to literary and artistic experimentation, to innovation and daring. Just as the nation likes to imagine itself as always in a state of becoming and renewal, some of its greatest writers have seemed willing to accept a measure of neglect during their lifetimes in return for the promise of posthumous triumph.

Poirier's explorations of the American scene are not limited to literature. His moving account of the American ballets of George Balanchine, of Bette Midler in performance, of the reclusive Arthur Inman - whose immense diary offers incomparable glimpses into daily life during World War II - and his challenging refutations of some persistent myths of American "manhood" and of America itself, by outside observers such as Jean Baudrillard and Martin Amis, will bring readers to a new appreciation of some of the most interesting (and difficult) features of American culture.

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