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William Carlos Williams: A New World Naked

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In addition to being a small-town doctor who delivered more than 3,000 babies, William Carlos Williams was a deeply serious thinker considered on of the foremost poets of the century. In this remarkable, rich blend of art and scholarship, Paul Mariani unfolds Williams' life and times while simultaneously letting the reader inside the poet's mind and language. Photographs.
Paperback, 874 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1981)
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Bob
May 23, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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
Jun 09, 2015 rated it liked it

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
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Tony Gualtieri
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent biography. The author clearly loves and understands Williams' poetry and the book is a good guide to his works, especially Paterson.
Rebecca
Jun 13, 2007 rated it liked it
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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