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Niedecker and the Correspondence with Zukofsky 1931–1970


  • Page extent: 398 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.545 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 811/.54
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PS3527.I6 Z85 2005
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Niedecker, Lorine--Friends and associates
    • Zukofsky, Louis,--1904-1978--Influence
    • Niedecker, Lorine--Correspondence
    • Zukofsky, Louis,--1904-1978--Correspondence
    • Poets, American--20th century--Correspondence

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521619790 | ISBN-10: 0521619793)

The forty-year correspondence between Lorine Niedecker and Louis Zukofsky is one of the closest and most productive in recent literary history. Beginning in 1931, the correspondence was tutelary but it quickly grew into a collaborative enterprise of emotional and artistic significance for both poets. This volume presents Niedecker's side of the correspondence. It opens with a substantial introduction tracing the life and work of Niedecker and how her relationship with Zukofsky influenced her poetry. At the same time Jenny Penberthy attempts to disengage Niedecker from her own myth of Zukofsky. She examines the emergence of Niedecker's quiet but rigorously experimental poetry: her rejection of hierarchies of genre, structure, and syntax, and her questioning of relationships among author, world, and text. Penberthy also reconstructs the early years of Niedecker's career, looking particularly at her surrealism and its impact on her poems. The book is not only about the impact Zukofsky had on Niedecker's work, it is also about a woman poet's struggle for recognition both within and without.


Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; Chronology; Part I: 1. Introduction; 2. Early Years; 3. 'For Paul'; 4. Later Years; 5. The letters archive; 6. Notes; Part II: 7. Editor's Note; 8. Selected letters of Niedecker to Zukofsky; 9. Selected bibliography; Index.

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