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Delmore Schwartz and James Laughlin: Selected Letters

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Delmore Schwartz was the golden boy of the American literary scene until his untimeley death in 1966, alone and destitute. James Laughlin was the founder of New Directions, publisher and editor of the Modernists. This collection chronicles a correspondence that began with Schwartz's first unsolicited submission to Laughlin in 1937 and continued throughout the friendship th ...more
Hardcover, 412 pages
Published May 17th 1993 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1978)
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So far I learned not much has changed as far as the judgements of many writers. Just faster critics now via the web. Seemed as I kept reading the relationship between both men was not just about the editor James Laughlin's promotion of Delmore Schwartz at the time but their personal observations of many other writers including Ezra Pound. Not flattering to some of these educated writers. Still reading this. More thoughts later.
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Delmore Schwartz was born December 8, 1913, in Brooklyn. The marriage of his parents Harry and Rose, both Roumanian immigrants, was doomed to fail. Sadly, this misfortune with relationships was also a theme in Schwartz's life. His alcoholism, frequent use of barbiturates and amphetamines, and battles with various mental diseases, proved adverse in his relationships with women. His first marriage t ...more
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