Against the Grain by Reed Whittemore
The Literary Life of a Poet, a Memoir by Reed Whittemore

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Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. Poetry History & Criticism. Foreword by Garrison Keillor. In this literary memoir, Reed Whittemore—a self-considered bourgeois anarchist—gives us marvelous glimpses into his wide-ranging life as poet, little magazine editor, critic and essayist, journalist, biographer, and teacher. Writing in third person about his alter ego R, Whittemore looks back in a conversational, self-deprecating, voice that in his poetry and prose became recognizably his own. "Brilliant and original poet," wrote Victor Navasky, "provcoateur, literary lobbyist, anti-bureaucratic cultural bureaucrat, interdisciplinarian, his way of deepening, as distinguished from promoting, democracy has been to carry on its conversation in exemplary tropes. Our country and our culture are the better for it."

"Reed Whittemore owns the only sort of immortality that matters to a writer which is to have written things that people remember years later."—Garrison Keillor

"For what a long time Reed Whitmore has been a central figure in our national letters—his whole career has been one brave protest against dullness and stodginess."—X. J. Kennedy

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Reed Whittemore is the author of twenty books of poetry, criticism, biography, and literary journalism. In 2006, the Maryland Library Association honored him as Author of the Year.
Published October 22, 2007 by Dryad Press, in association with U of Alaska Press. 360 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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A witty and close-to-the-bone account of one poet's life -- one that deeply explores the tough choices to be made between life and art.

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