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Reluctantly: Autobiographical Essaysby Hayden Carruth
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Cultural Writing. Autobiographical Essays. These touching and intimate essays reveal the integrity of Hayden Carruth — one of the most solitary, esteemed, and controversial poets of this century. Despite his wide erudition, he has lived largely outside academia. These essays chronicle a lifetime of wrestling with his personal demons and muses; time spent hospitalized for severe chronic depression; a passionate love of jazz and blues; his suicide attempt; and most of all, his uncommon, unflinching honesty.
Intellectually engaged, uncompromisingly honest essays by author of National Book Award winner Scrambled Eggs and Whiskey.
Despite being among the most erudite poets of this century, Hayden Carruth has lived his life largely outside academia. This collection of stunning autobiographical essays chronicles a lifetime of wrestling with demons and muses, chronic depression, a suicide attempt, a passionate love of jazz and blues, and unflinching honesty.
Despite being among the most erudite poets of his time, Carruth has lived his life largely outside academia, mastering his craft writing in a cow shed beside a woodstove. His autobiographical essays chronicle a lifetime of wrestling with demons and muses, time spent hospitalized for severe chronic depression, his love of jazz and blues, a suicide attempt, and most of all an uncommon, unflinching devotion to honesty.
About the Author
Hayden Carruth is the author of twenty-five books of poetry, a novel, four books of criticism, and two anthologies, and has held fellowships from the Bollingen, Guggenheim and Lannan foundations, as well as the NEA. His many awards include the National Book Award for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Lenore Marshall/The Nation Award.
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