The Poems of J. V. Cunningham

J. V. Cunningham
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ISBN 9780571241934 Format Paperback
Published 29/05/2008 Length 254 pages

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Described during his lifetime by Thom Gunn as 'one of the most accomplished poets alive, and one of the few of whom it can be said that he will still be worth reading in fifty years time' J. V. Cunningham was perhaps best known for his epigrams. Documenting his early style as an experimental modernist poet during the Depression and his remarkable ability as a translator The Poems of J. V. Cunningham also shows his later emergence as a master of the short, witty poems that made his name.

Incorporating much of the material from his 1971 Collected Poems and Epigrams, The Poems of J. V. Cunningham was originally published in 1997 and also includes many of his later poems and translations, some of which appeared in periodicals but have never before been collected together in a book, and is a brilliant introduction to a forgotten poet who was described by the New York Times as 'one of the best poets in America'.

  • About J. V. Cunningham

    The poet, critic and editor J. V. Cunningham was born in Maryland in 1911. After his father died he postponed college until 1931 when he enrolled at Stanford University. He obtained his degree in Classics in 1934 and a doctorate in English in 1945.

    He published his first collection of poetry, The Helmsman, in 1942. Other works, including Trivial, Vulgar, and Exalted: Epigrams (1957), The Exclusions of a Rhyme (1960) and Some Salt: Poems and Epigrams (1967) followed this. A Selected Poems and The Collected Poems and Epigrams of J. V. Cunningham appeared in 1971. Cunningham died in 1985.

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