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Letter to an Imaginary Friend: Parts I-IVby Thomas Mcgrath
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For thirty years, the late Thomas McGrath labored over his narrative epic poem, Letter to an Imaginary Friend, first publishing Part One in 1963 and finishing with Part Four in 1985. Now, Dale Jacobson, his colleague, has prepared an authoritative text of the whole poem working from McGrath's archival notes, making available for the first time in a single volume the greatest epic poem of our time.<P>By turns modern and Homeric, McGrath's semi-autobiographical Letter explores American history, politics, and mythology, guided by the Blue Star Kachina of Hopi mythology as we move toward the poem's conclusion in the American heartland on Christmas Eve, criss-crossing the landscape in what Library Journal has called "a tremendous odyssey of sense and spirit".
Book News Annotation:
An epic-style autobiographical poem which McGrath, a Rhodes scholar who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, took 30 years to write. It was previously published in four parts (the first in 1963), all of which contained errors which the late poet intended to correct in a definitive edition. Working from McGrath's archival notes, his longtime colleague Dale Jacobson has prepared an authoritative text of the whole poem.
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One of the English language's great poems available for the first time in one volume.
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