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Bottom: On Shakespeare

4.54 of 5 stars 4.54  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  2 reviews
Written between 1947 and 1960 and first published in 1963, the prose work in the first of these two volumes reflects Louis Zukofsky's ongoing obsession with Shakespeare--whose plays he had first seen performed in Yiddish--and is central to understanding Zukofsky's work. Tracing the themes of knowledge, love and physical vision ("the eyes have it") through both Shakespeare' ...more
Paperback, 712 pages
Published August 21st 2002 by Wesleyan University Press (first published January 1st 1987)
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Anthony
A beautiful book about Shakespeare by one of the most brilliant 20th century poets; it functions as both a useful work of scholarship and as an incredible work of art (I've read elsewhere that Zukofsky considers it a prose-poem-- wtf?) Z. studies Shakespeare through the lenses of Aristotle, Spinoza, Wittgenstein's Tractatus, the atom bomb and the underlining in Melville's copy of King Lear. Unlike many works of criticism which seek to explain literature in a simplifying manner, Z. explodes and c ...more
Kevin Holden
This is the most interesting book of "criticism" I have ever read.

And/But like Perelman says in the introduction: "FINNEGANS WAKE will be showing on a screen near you much sooner than BOTTOM."

But that is an ok thing and this book is an exploding sun.
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Louis Zukofsky was one of the most important second-generation American modernist poets. He was co-founder and primary theorist of the Objectivist group of poets and was to be an important influence on subsequent generations of poets in America and abroad.

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