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Screeno: Stories & Poems

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Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966) was one of the finest writers of his generation. Winner of the prestigious Bollingen prize and the Poetry Society of America's Shelley Memorial Award, he was hailed by John Ashbery as one of the major twentieth-century poets. Schwartz's stories were also widely read and loved, admired by James Atlas for their unique style that enabled Schwartz ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 25th 2004 by New Directions Publishing Corporation (first published 2004)
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Noriyuko 'Pat'
A terrific little book that goes a long way to explaining why Schwartz was taken so seriously once. That the writing in here is from the same guy who wrote the wretched 'Genesis' is actually hard to believe, but there you have it. The short stories are pitched beautifully, as this section from "In Dreams" shows (a terrific mixture of almost embarassing romanticism and diffidence):

My mother remains at the rail and stares at the ocean. The ocean seems merry to her, it pointedly sparkles and again
Mike Lindgren
Schwartz has always been a shadowy figure venerated in certain circles I have been peripheral to, so this New Directions pocket edition seemed a good place to start. It's interesting finally to see what the fuss was about: the troubled Schwartz was a gifted poet who managed somehow to combine romanticist lyricism with a skeptical, metaphysical slant on perception and art (he studied philosophy with AN Whitehead at Harvard). The title story and the justly famous "In Dreams Begin Responsiblities," ...more
Two of the stories and maybe half a dozen of the poems collected here are ones I would rate as very good; none as great. Much of the work is very strained, including the odd story based on the life of Hedy Lamarr. I really wonder how Schwartz developed such as legend.
As an introduction to Schwartz's work this is excellent and the only edition to contain stories and poems alongside each other.
Kevin Kennedy
I love delmore!
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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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