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Contributions in American Studies #106: Feast of Strangers: Selected Prose and Poetry of Reuel Denneyby Tony Quagliano.
Synopses & Reviews
Poet, social scientist, and literary essayist, Reuel Denney is best known perhaps as co-author of The Lonely Crowd with David Riesman and Nathan Glaser. These selected essays and poems, edited by Tony Quagliano, span a wide range of topics and more than a half century of American cultural history.
The topics range from international finance to leisure, from Greek mythology to Disney, from American poetry to the great oral tradition of Polynesian poetry. Woven throughout is Denney's fascinating memoir Experience in the World, an autobiographical meditation on America in the twentieth century. This unique collection presents one poet and scholar's encounter with the complexities of American life. American culture, Denney shows us, is the product of the many cultures of the world; it is indeed a Feast of Strangers. This is a work for scholars, students, and other researchers of American literature and culture studies.
Book News Annotation:
American writer Denney (1913-95) is probably best known as a coauthor of The Lonely Crowd. Here are mostly essays and excerpts from books, with a few poems. They include his account of the 1944 founding of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, published articles on contemporary poets, and a semiotic account of animal imagery in history and high and low art.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Presents a wide-ranging collection of major essays and poems by American writer Reuel Denney, including an autobiographical reflection on life in America in the twentieth century.
About the Author
REUEL DENNEY was one of the leading analysts of American culture, a scholar, author, teacher, journalist, and poet.TONY QUAGLIANO is Professor of American Culture and Society at the Japan-America Institute in Honolulu.
Table of Contents
Foreword by David Riesman
Editor's Introduction by Tony Quagliano
Experience in the World 1913-1947
A Little Learning
For My Girl's Birthday
Excerpt from The Portfolio of Benjamin Latrobe--"When Spelling Bees"
The Invisible Hand
The Battle of Bretton Woods
The Leisure Society
Excerpt from The Portfolio of Benjamin Latrobe--"My Grandfather"
Experience in the World 1947-1961
It's a Wonderful Town
"Wind in the Sycamore"
"To an Old Friend"
Feast of Strangers
Feast of Strangers: Varieties of Sociable Experience in America
What the Animals Are Saying about Us
A Tale of Two Studios: Artist Jean Charlot in Walt Disney's Atelier
"A Wine For Li Po's Picture"
Excerpt from The Portfolio of Benjamin Latrobe--"Here at Stairways
Experience in the World 1961-1995
Excerpt From "The Animal Cartel"
Modernity and Myth
William Carlos Williams
A Portable Pagoda: Asia and America in the Work of Gary Snyder
Merwin and Myth
Birdman, Myth, and Technology
"The Laboratory Midnight"
"Portrait of the Old Poet as a Used Car"
Excerpt from The Portfolio of Benjamin Latrobe--"I Dedicate to Benjamin Henry Latrobe"
Works by Reuel Denney
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