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William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  5 reviews
William Carlos Williams (1883–1963) emerged alongside Pound, Eliot, Stevens, Frost, and Yeats as one of the foremost poets of the 20th century. Paterson, Williams's epic masterpiece, raised everyday American speech to the highest levels of poetic imagination. A finalist for the national Book Award and a New York Times Notable Book, William Carlos Williams: A New World Nake ...more
Paperback, 906 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Trinity University Press (first published 1981)
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Bob
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I greatly enjoyed reading this book, although I've still not quite finished it. It does tend to go on longer than the biographies of poets who destroyed themselves early through heavy drinking, although Williams was disabled before he died by stroke.

There are quotes from his letters throughout the book which I relished to the extent that they expressed a dissatisfaction with what he perceived as phoniness in the established poetry order.

Although there is much I'm sympathetic to in William's rebe
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Theresa Leone Davidson
A dense biography of the physician / poet, written with a lot of enthusiasm for the subject. Its biggest drawback may be that it was TOO enthusiastic and included so many unnecessary details that at times it became difficult to read. Nevertheless, if you want to know about Williams, it's all here, everything good about him, how valuable his patients believed him to be, the intricacy of his poems and how seriously he took his craft, and everything flawed about his character, including all of the ...more
GK Stritch
Quite the tome and achievement, thrilled to attend the Sixth Biennial Conference of the William Carlos Williams Society at William Paterson University, June 18-20, 2015, but sorry Paul Mariani won't be there. This is a big read, so grab your spectacles and settle down with the 800-plus pages--does get a bit heavy to hold, does get long, and at times the subject remains elusive. Not sure who this complex WCW is, so now I'm compelled to read his autobiography and go back to the complicated Paterso ...more
Tony Gualtieri
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent biography. The author clearly loves and understands Williams' poetry and the book is a good guide to his works, especially Paterson.
Rebecca
I thought I was going to enjoy this book more than I did. It just started to feel very long, but it still had a lot of interesting facts and what nots in it, if you're into biographies.
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