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Remembering Randall: A Memoir of Poet, Critic, and Teacher Randall Jarrell

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When Randall Jarrell died in 1965, he left a critically acclaimed body of poetry, fiction, and criticism that has earned him a permanent place in the pantheon of American letters. A Library of Congress Poet Laureate and National Book Award winner, he had a formidable intellect and wit that endeared him to--or infuriated--the finest minds of his day.

Now, in the nine essays collected in Remembering Randall, his widow, Mary von Schrader Jarrell, offers a distinctive portrait of the esteemed poet-critic as only she could have known him. Capturing the essence of this complex, brilliant man, she writes knowingly about the wellsprings and character of Jarrell's poetry, particularly his last and best book, The Lost World; his courageous endeavor, after suffering from hepatitis, to create the celebrated children's books The Bat-Poet and The Animal Family; his lifelong friendships with fiction writer Peter Taylor and poet Robert "Cal" Lowell; his commitment during the last eight years of his life to completing his translation of Goethe's Faust, Part One; and, finally, their marriage.

From their home in North Carolina to Washington, New York, San Francisco, and London, Mary von Schrader Jarrell vividly describes the restless mind and free spirit they shared in their marriage. As she writes, "To be married to Randall was to be encapsulated with him." This engrossing, intimate collection could not serve as a better tribute.

About the Author

Mary von Schrader Jarrell was born n St. Louis, Missouri, and brought up in California. She graduated from Stanford University as a philosophy major. She edited Randall Jarrell's Letters and is the author of Jerome: The Biography of a Poem and The Knee-Baby, a book for children. Her essays hove appeared in Harper's, American Poetry Review, Parnassus, Shenandoah, and elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Ideas and poems — Libraries — Washington — Faust: part I — Peter and Randall — The lyric ear — The Children's quartet — The lost world — Let us form, as Freud has said, "A group of two".

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061180118
Subtitle:
A Memoir of Poet, Critic, and Teacher Randall Jarrell
Author:
Jarrell, Mary Von Schrader
Author:
Jarrell, Mary von Schrad
Publisher:
Harper
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Critics
Subject:
English teachers
Subject:
Critics -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
General Biography
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
19990609
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.56x5.77x.87 in. .81 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z

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