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In this study of Ciardi's life, Edward Cifelli has captured all the deep concern, passion, and thoughtfulness that marked Ciardi's long career in American letters. With care and penetrating detail, Cifelli evokes Ciardi's early childhood in Boston, his Italian heritage, his service as a gunner on a B-29 during World War II, and his years teaching at Harvard and Rutgers. Il ...more
Hardcover, 557 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by University of Arkansas Press
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Apr 20, 2008 Keith rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: NPR listeners and genealogists
Recommended to Keith by: CBS "Sunday Morning" w/ Charles Kuralt
Whenever I visit a library in a new town, I check to see if they have a copy of this book, and/or Cifelli's "The Collected Works of John Ciardi". If they do, it's a good library. Ciardi is better known for his translations of Dante, but his gritty, post-WWII poetry is stunning in its clarity and timelessness. His reverence for his father, family roots, and work ethic will remind one of Studs Terkel.