When Randall Jarrell died in 1965, he left behind a critically acclaimed body of poetry, fiction and literary criticism that has earned him a permanent place in American literature. In these seven essays, his widow writes lovingly and knowingly about the wellsprings and character of his poetry, particularly his work on his last and best book, The Lost World; the creation of his celebrated children's books, The Bat-Poet and The Animal Family; his lifelong friendship with short-story writer Peter Taylor; his dedicated commitment during the last eight years of his life to completing his translation of Goethe's Faust, Part One; and their remarkable and joyous marriage.
- Paperback | 128 pages
- 134.9 x 204.2 x 12.2mm | 159.25g
- 01 Jun 2000
- HarperCollins Publishers Inc
- New York, NY, United States
"The strings of associations give her memoir an ecstatic, exclamatory quality that will make it an enduring book. More than any other memoir of an artist I know, this one rings with the convincing sound of remembered happiness."'The New Yorker"A pleasant memoir. . . . She has succeeded in guarding her husband's privacy while effectively putting across a real sense of what he was."'The New York Times Book Review"Very fine. . . . sensitively written."'The New York Times"Poignant."'The Wall Street Journal"A charming and personable account. . . . Mrs. Jarrell proves herself so capable a writer--and so deeply interested in her subject--that the book is utterly engaging."Washington Post Book World