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Necessary Distance

Essays and Criticism

1st ed.

Published by Coffee House Press, Distributor, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution in Minneapolis, USA .
Written in English.

About the Book

Bringing together critical essays, articles, and reviews by 1999 National Book Award for Poetry finalist, this landmark collection is an impressive look back—and forward—by one of our most visionary authors. From essays on the craft of writing, to critiques of contemporary and classic African-American authors and their work, to observations on the quirkiness of the writing and publishing life, Necessary Distance is a compendium of the best nonfiction prose by an important figure in contemporary American letters.

This collection is a portrait of the artist's rise to prominence in American letters. "A writer is usually a person who has to learn how to keep his ego—like his virginity—and lose it at the same time. In other words, he becomes a kind of twin of himself. He remains that self-centered infant while transcending him to become the observer of his experience and, by extension, the observer of a wide range of experience within his cultural domain." From his apt observations on cultural doubleness, to his redefinition of a political poetry that is "organic in its ideas, . . . that in no way compromised its own artistic nature," to his consumate statement on the concept of rhythm in African-American poetry, Necessary Distance is a sweeping tour of new ground in literature and poetics.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-239).

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
809
Library of Congress
PS3563.A39 N4 2001

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
239p.
Number of pages
239

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL6795607M
Internet Archive
necessarydistanc0000majo
ISBN 10
1566891094
ISBN 13
9781566891097
LC Control Number
00065894
Library Thing
3637313
Goodreads
446348
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