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Vanished Act: The Life and Art of Weldon Kees

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ISBN: 0803239513
Издательство: University of Nebraska Press
Год издания: 2003
Страниц: 398
Book DescriptionCritic, novelist, filmmaker, jazz musician, painter, and, above all, poet, Weldon Kees performed, practiced, and published with the best of his generation of artists?the so-called middle generation, which included Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and John Berryman. His dramatic disappearance (a probable suicide) at the age of forty-one, his movie-star good looks, his role in various movements of the day, and his shifting relationships with key figures in the arts have made him one ofthe more intriguing?and elusive?artists of the time. In this long-awaited biography, James Reidel presents the first full account of Kees?s troubled yet remarkably accomplished life. Reidel traces Kees?s career from his birth in 1914 and boyhood in Beatrice, Nebraska, to his stint as an award-winning short-story writer and novelist, his rise as a poet and critic in New York, his branching off into abstract expressionism, jazz music, and theater, and his...