Paterson

Paterson

4.14 (2,935 ratings by Goodreads)
4.14 (2,935 ratings by Goodreads)

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Paterson is both a place-the New Jersey city in whom the person (the poet's own life) and the public (the history of the region) are combined. Originally four books (published individually between 1946 and 1951), the structure of Paterson (in Dr. Williams' words) "follows the course of teh Passaic River" from above the great falls to its entrance into the sea. The unexpected Book Five, published in 1958, affirms the triumphant life of the imagination, in spite of age and death. This revised edition has been meticulously re-edited by Christopher MacGowan, who has supplied a wealth of notes and explanatory material.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 135 x 203 x 23mm | 361g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised Edition
  • 1 port.
  • 081121298X
  • 9780811212984
  • 48,054

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'Paterson is Whitman's America, grown pathetic and tragic, brutalized by inequality, disorganized by industrial chaos, and faced with annihilation. No poet has written of it with such a combination of brilliance, sympathy, and experience, with such alertness and energy.' - Robert Lowell
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About William Carlos Williams

Besides being a practicing physician, William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) was a poet, short-story writer, novelist, translator, playwright, and essayist whose contribution to the development of modern American poetry grew out of his commitment to recording the "local" experience of Rutherford, New Jersey, and its environs.
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2,935 ratings
4.14 out of 5 stars
5 43% (1,272)
4 34% (993)
3 17% (508)
2 4% (125)
1 1% (37)
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