The Songs We Know Best

John Ashbery's Early Life by Karin Roffman

  • Published: Oct 13, 2020

The first biography of an American master The Songs We Know Best, the first comprehensive biography of the early life of John Ashberythe winner of nearly every major American literary awardreveals the unusual ways he drew on the details of his youth to... read more

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Exact title of the book
The Songs We Know Best
Book author
Karin Roffman
ISBN
9781429949804
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Jun 13, 2017
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
3024 kB

Some brief overview of book

The first biography of an American master The Songs We Know Best, the first comprehensive biography of the early life of John Ashberythe winner of nearly every major American literary awardreveals the unusual ways he drew on the details of his youth to populate the poems that made him one of the most original and unpredictable forces of the last century in arts and letters. Drawing on unpublished correspondence, juvenilia, and childhood diaries as well as more than one hundred hours of conversation with the poet, Karin Roffman offers an insightful portrayal of Ashbery during the twenty-eight years that led up to his stunning debut, Some Trees, chosen by W. H.

Auden for the 1955 Yale Younger Poets Prize. Roffman shows how Ashberys poetry arose from his early lessons both on the family farm and in 1950s New York Citya bohemian existence that teemed with artistic fervor and radical innovations inspired by Dada and surrealism as well as lifelong friendships with painters and writers such as Frank OHara, Jane Freilicher, Nell Blaine, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, and Willem de Kooning. Ashbery has a reputation for being enigmatic and playfully elusive, but Roffmans biography reveals his deft mining of his early life for the flint and tinder from which his provocative later poems grew, producing a body of work that he calls "the experience of experience," an intertwining of life and art in extraordinarily intimate ways.

About author

Roffman has taught literature at Yale, West Point, and Bard, and is the author of From the Modernist Annex. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

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