Russell Edson



Russell Edson (December 12, 1928 – April 29, 2014) was an American poet, novelist, writer, and illustrator. He was the son of the cartoonist-screenwriter Gus Edson.

He studied art early in life and attended the Art Students League as a teenager. He began publishing poetry in the 1960s. His honors as a poet include a Guggenheim fellowship, a Whiting Award, and several fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Russell Edson was born in Connecticut in 1935 and lived there with his wife Frances. Edson, who jokingly has called himself "Little Mr. Prose Poem," is inarguably the foremost writer of prose poetry in America, having written exclusively in that form before it became fashionable. In a forthcoming study of the American prose po
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The Tunnel: Selected Poems

4.32 avg rating — 894 ratings — published 1994 — 5 editions
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The Tormented Mirror

4.26 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
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The Rooster's Wife

4.09 avg rating — 172 ratings — published 2005 — 5 editions
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The Reason Why the Closet-M...

4.37 avg rating — 79 ratings — published 1977 — 2 editions
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See Jack

3.85 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 2009 — 3 editions
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The Intuitive Journey and O...

4.43 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1976 — 2 editions
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The Song of Percival Peacock

3.78 avg rating — 46 ratings — published 1992
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The Wounded Breakfast

4.59 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1985 — 2 editions
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The Clam Theater

4.61 avg rating — 38 ratings — published 1987
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The Very Thing That Happens...

4.54 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1964
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“I think, therefore I am, said a man whose mother quickly
hit him on the head, saying, I hit my son on the head,
therefore I am.
No no, you've got it all wrong, cried the man.
So she hit him on the head again and cried, therefore I am.
You're not, not that way; you're supposed to think, not hit,
cried the man.

. . . I think, therefore I am, said the man.
I hit, therefore we both are, the hitter and the one who gets
hit, said the man's mother.
But at this point the man had ceased to be; unconscious he
could not think. But his mother could. So she thought, I am,
and so is my unconscious son, even if he doesn't know it . . .”
Russell Edson

“It is very difficult to stop feeling.”
Russell Edson

“She fell in love with her doctor's stethoscope, the way it listened to her heart.”
Russell Edson

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