The Collected Poems of Delmore Schwartz

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Pub Date 02 Apr 2024 | Archive Date 16 Apr 2024

Description

The first complete collection of the poetry of Delmore Schwartz, “the most underrated poet of the twentieth century" (John Berryman).

When Delmore Schwartz published his first short story, “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,” in Partisan Review in 1937, he became an instant literary celebrity. After the appearance of his first book (by the same name), he was inundated with praise. The famed poet Allen Tate wrote to him, “Your poetic style is beyond any doubt the first real innovation that we’ve had since Eliot and Pound,” and T. S. Eliot himself wrote Schwartz a letter asking him to compose more poetry. The brilliant start of his career is matched perhaps only by its tragic end, a lonely death after an extended period of alcoholism, depression, and derangement. Today, more than fifty years after his death in 1966, Schwartz is often remembered for the tragedy of his life rather than for the innovation and sad brilliance of his greatest work.

This book brings together all of Schwartz’s poetry for the very first time, from his groundbreaking debut collection to his unpublished late work, which he kept writing until his death. Accompanied by Ben Mazer’s illustrative notes and introduction, The Collected Poems of Delmore Schwartz offers readers the long-awaited opportunity to rediscover one of the most influential and original poets of the twentieth century. As Mazer writes in his introduction, “It is the poems that count now. And it is the glory of the poems that survives here, awaiting new life.”

The first complete collection of the poetry of Delmore Schwartz, “the most underrated poet of the twentieth century" (John Berryman).

When Delmore Schwartz published his first short story, “In Dreams...


A Note From the Publisher

Delmore Schwartz (1913–1966) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A brilliant poet, short-story writer, and literary talent, he contributed “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” to the first issue of Partisan Review. His books include Shenandoah and Other Verse Plays; the works of poetry Genesis: Book One and Summer Knowledge; and the short-fiction collections The World Is a Wedding and Successful Love and Other Stories. Schwartz taught at Syracuse, Princeton, and Kenyon College, and received the Bollingen Prize in 1959.

Delmore Schwartz (1913–1966) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. A brilliant poet, short-story writer, and literary talent, he contributed “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities” to the first issue...


Advance Praise

"Full of voices, fables, and sounds, Delmore Schwartz’s poems often read as songs. His use of O and O!—as a form of address or an expression of awe, or both—is simultaneously sweetly anachronistic and conversational—creating a bond with the reader and invoking the other worlds he writes about." —Laurie Anderson

"Full of voices, fables, and sounds, Delmore Schwartz’s poems often read as songs. His use of O and O!—as a form of address or an expression of awe, or both—is simultaneously sweetly anachronistic...


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ISBN 9780374604301
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PAGES 736

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Delmore Schwartz, dubbed by John Berryman "the most underrated poet of the twentieth century," is granted some of the recognition he deserves in "The Collected Poems of Delmore Schwartz." This comprehensive collection spans from his debut to his unpublished late works, offering readers a chance to explore his entire poetic journey. The poems themselves are a testament to Schwartz's ability to craft verses that vary widely from song-like dreams to psychological portraits to sardonic parodies.

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