Hotel Lautreamont by John Ashbery

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Critics and readers have long appreciated Ashbery's uncanny use of the cadences of colloguial speech, but they have perhaps overlooked the equally important influences of Rimbaud, Raymond Roussel, and the pseudonymous Count de Lautreamont. These presences are wonderfully alive in this superb new collection.

About John Ashbery

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John Ashbery was born on July 28, 1927 in Rochester, New York. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia universities and studied in Europe on a Fulbright Scholarship. Initially wishing to be a painter, then a musician, he has had a variety of careers including reference librarian and art critic. In the early 1950s, he was a copywriter with Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill. His collection of poems, Turandot and other Poems, published in 1953, established his reputation as one of the leading American poets of his generation. Ashbery feels strongly influenced by film and other art forms. The abstract expressionist movement in art had a profound effect on his writing style. Frequently termed a philosophical poet, Ashbery's poems often deal with the mind and the connection of the reader. Ashbery has published several volumes of poetry, including Houseboat Days and Flow Chart. Highly regarded by critics, he received a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1976, all for Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. He received the Ambassador Book Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He also writes under the pseudonym Jonas Berry.
Published January 1, 1992 by Carcanet Press. 144 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Blandishments, chitchat, jokes, parodies, personae and all kinds of slang circulate freely through Ashbery's ( April Galleons ) latest collection.

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The Independent

His originality has been the smiling patience with which he reduces an art to its effect, writes poems which are poems because they sound like poems.

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