Essays, Letters, and Other Writings
Author: John Berryman; Edited by John Haffenden; With a Preface by Robert Giroux
Edited by John Haffenden
With a Preface by Robert Giroux
John Berryman, one of America's most talented modern poets, was winner of the Pulitzer Prize for 77 Dream Songs and the National Book Award for His Toy, His Dream, His Rest. He gained a reputation as an innovator whose bold literary adventures were tempered by exacting discipline. Berryman was also an active, prolific, and perceptive critic whose own experience as a major poet served to his advantage.
Berryman was a protégé of Mark Van Doren, the great Shakespearean scholar, and the Bard's work remained one of his most abiding passions--he would devote a lifetime to writing about it. His voluminous writings on the subject have now been collected and edited by John Haffenden.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In The News
“Berryman had . . . an extraordinary and complicated relationship with [Shakespeare, that] manifests itself [in] John Haffenden's splendidly researched and edited collection of Berryman's lectures and essays. . . Berryman on Shakespeare registers [also] as Berryman on Berryman.” —Anne Barton, The New York Review of Books
“Berryman...as this book demonstrates, was the greatest Shakespearean of twentieth-century American poets.” —James Wood, The New Republic
“[A] wonderful book . . . Always interesting on Shakespeare's life, Berryman is often astonishing on Shakespeare's words. Writing not merely as critic but as poet, he catches effects the rest of us might miss.” —Stuart Sherman, Chicago Tribune