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A luminous collection of essays from one of our most original and influential poets

Five decades after her debut poetry collection, Firstborn, Louise Glück is a towering figure in American letters. Written with the same probing, analytic control that has long distinguished her poetry, American Originality is Glück’s second book of essays—her first, Proofs and Theories, won the 1993 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. Glück’s moving and disabusing lyricism is on full display in this decisive new collection.

From its opening pages, American Originality forces readers to consider contemporary poetry and its demigods in radical, unconsoling, and ultimately very productive ways. Determined to wrest ample, often contradictory meaning from our current literary discourse, Glück comprehends and destabilizes notions of “narcissism” and “genius” that are unique to the American literary climate. This includes erudite analyses of the poets who have interested her throughout her own career, such as Rilke, Pinsky, Chiasson, and Dobyns, and introductions to the first books of poets like Dana Levin, Peter Streckfus, Spencer Reece, and Richard Siken. Forceful, revealing, challenging, and instructive, American Originality is a seminal critical achievement.

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Louise Glück


Louise Glück recebeu o Prémio Nobel da Literatura de 2020, “pela sua inconfundível voz poética, que, com uma beleza austera, tornou universal a existência individual”. O prémio da Academia Sueca reconhece um longo percurso de escrita de poesia e ensaio. Louise Elisabeth Glück nasceu a 22 de Abril de 1943 em Nova Iorque. É autora de mais de uma dezena de livros de poesia e de ensaios Ao longo da sua carreira recebeu vários prémios, entre eles o National Book Critics Circle Award, o Pulitzer, Los Angeles Times Book e o Wallace Stevens da Academia de Poetas americanos.

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