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Poems and Adolphe 1920

John Rodker

Edited by Andrew Crozier

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ISBN: 978 1 857540 60 4
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Published: May 1996
216 x 135 mm
220 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • Is Modernism a few ground-breaking works by a handful of writers-Pound, Eliot, Joyce, Wyndham Lewis? Other writers loomed large at the time; their work points in untaken directions. Andrew Crozier assembles the first definitive text of the poems and important fiction of John Rodker, whose work was set in the balance with Eliot's and Joyce's by Pound and Lewis and was not found wanting.

    Rodker's East End Jewish background - the world of Resenberg, Mark Gertler and his friend David Bomberg (who designed the cover of his first book) - and his fascination with radical theatre at the time, define an open, questing imagination. Verlaine was to him what Laforgue was to Eliot. His interest in psychoanalysis, in the sensual self, his romantic temperament, propose a Modernism that has much in common with Joyce's. No masks, no self-erasure, no ironic distancing: this writing is more than a curiosity. It challenges the Modernist canon and restores a crucial context.
    John Rodker
    John Rodker (1894-1955), born in Manchester, moved with his family (his father was a corset-maker) to London when he was six. Educated at Board School and, to the age of 14, at the Jews' Free School, he later took evening classes in French, German and science and became a clerk. He ... read more
    Andrew Crozier
    Andrew Crozier was born in 1943 and was educated at Dulwich College and Christ’s College, Cambridge. In 1964, the same year in which he founded the Ferry Press, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the State University of New York, Buffalo, where he was taught by Charles Olson ... read more
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