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The First Book: Twentieth-Century Poetic Careers in America

Jesse Zuba


“We have many poets of the First Book,” the poet and critic Louis Simpson remarked in 1957, describing a sense that the debut poetry collection not only launched the contemporary poetic career but also had come to define it. Surveying American poetry over the past hundred years, this book explores the emergence of the poetic debut as a unique literary production with its own tradition, conventions, and dynamic role in the literary market. Through new readings of ranging from Wallace Stevens and Marianne Moore to John Ashbery and Louise Glück, the book illuminates the importance of the first bo ... More

Keywords: American poetry, poetic debut, literary market, poets, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, John Ashbery, Louise Glück, American literary culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691164472
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691164472.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jesse Zuba, author
Delaware State University