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Edward Dorn (1929 - 1999)

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Books by this author: Collected Poems Idaho Out
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  • Edward Dorn was born in Eastern Illinois in 1929 and grew up in rural poverty during the Great Depression. After two years at the University of Illinois, ‘a set of circumstances and warps of destiny’ took him to Black Mountain College, where he studied with Charles Olson. For several years he travelled through the far West of America, following the winds of writing and employment. In 1961 he became a teacher at the University of Idaho and saw the publication of his first book of poetry. Invited by Donald Davie in 1965 to join the faculty at the new University of Essex, he spent most of the next five years in England, where he wrote the first book of his epic Gunslinger. In the 1970s he taught at universities from Chicago to California, and again at Essex, before accepting a professorship in 1978 at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he directed the creative writing program, and continued teaching until his death in December 1999. He is the author of over forty books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and translation.
    Praise for Edward Dorn (1929 - 1999) 'This monumental and superbly produced Collected Poems from Manchester's Carcanet Press should go some way to rectifying things, for it reveals the body of Dorn's lifelong work in poetry as an achievement of tremendous intelligence, scope and energy'.
    Matthew Sperling, The London Magazine
     'Ever since I was arrested for stealing a copy of Gunslinger I have paid very close attention to Edward Dorn's poetry... As a political satirist you can't bypass him, you have to go through him. His humour hooks in and hauls the laugh out of you. His long acquaintance with Britain has helped shape some of the best poets who served their apprenticeships in the 1960s. Culturally speaking the Old Country owes him a great debt... Any publication by Dorn is an exciting event...'
    Tom Pickard
    'One of the most powerful and unique voices in American poetry.'
    Vernon Frazer
    'a fundamental masterpiece.'
    Thomas McGuane on Gunslinger
    'the only plausible, political poet in America, and one of the masters of our contemporary language.'
    Peter Ackroyd
    'a poet who has absorbed Olson, Williams, and Pound and moved beyond them.'
    The Virginia Quarterly Review
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