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The Man with Night Sweats

The Man with Night Sweats


FSG Classics

Thom Gunn; Introduction by August Kleinzahler

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


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The Man with Night Sweats is a haunting depiction of a world ravaged by illness that is part elegy for those who have been lost and part evocation of the changes that await those who survive. It is also one of the few works of literature that have fully met both the aesthetic and the moral challenges that the AIDS epidemic poses. The nobility and sobriety of Thom Gunn's forms enhance and underscore the gravity and pathos of his subjects. The results have the cathartic and healing power of great art.

Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize - Winner

Praise for The Man with Night Sweats

"Perhaps his most wary, moving, personal book to date. It is a forceful reminder that Gunn . . . is one of the most singular and compelling poets in English during the past half-century . . . He writes of and from the modern climate, as if wholly at home here; these new poems have a claim to be some of the most authentic occasional poems of our time. - Hugh Haughton, The Times Literary Supplement -

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Thom Gunn; Introduction by August Kleinzahler

Thom Gunn (1929–2004) was born in England but lived in San Francisco for most of his life. He was the author of two volumes of essays in addition to his volumes of poetry.

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Thom Gunn

Thom Gunn at the Poetry Foundation

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