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What Does Not Change The Significance of Charles Olson's 'the Kingfishers' by Ralph Maud

What Does Not Change The Significance of Charles Olson's 'the Kingfishers'


What Does Not Change The Significance of Charles Olson's 'the Kingfishers' by Ralph Maud

Taking its title from the first line of Charles Olson's poem The Kingfishers, this book provides a full-scale exegesis of that milestone poem in postwar American literature. Maud demonstrates that this poem is so crucial to understanding Olson's development that a study of it takes one into every aspect of Olson's early life and thought. This long-awaited explication (Guy Davenport announced its existence and anticipated its importance in 1985) removes what has been an obstacle in the path of further study of Olson.


Everything you might possibly want to know about The Kingfishers -the circumstances of its composition, its evolution through various drafts, the sources of its allusions-can be found in Ralph Maud's exhaustive What Does Not Change: The Significance of Charles Olson's The Kingfishers. Social Theory and Practice

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Publication date

1st February 1998


Ralph Maud

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Fairleigh Dickinson University Press


176 pages


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