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George Oppen and the Fate of Modernism

Peter Nicholls


Regard for George Oppen's poetry has been growing steadily over the last decade. This study engages with a body of work which can be luminously simple and intriguingly opaque. This book charts Oppen's commitment to Marxism and his later explorations of a ‘poetics of being’ inspired by Heidegger and Existentialism, providing detailed accounts of each of the poet's books. The book draws on the Oppen archive, with its thousands of pages of largely unpublished notes and drafts for poems; in doing so, it maps the distinctive contours of Oppen's poetic thinking to investigate the complex origins of ... More

Keywords: George Oppen, poetry, Marxism, poetics of being, Heidegger, Existentialism, poetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199678464
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199678464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Nicholls, author
Professor of English, New York University