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Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets
  • Format
  • Trim Size: 7 3/8 X 9 1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816057435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5743-6
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $75.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 07/01/2009
  • Dewey Number: 811
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 576


The New York School started in the 1950s and was one of the most influential movements of American poetry—from the last half of the 20th century to today. In more than 400 entries, Encyclopedia of the New York School Poets is an encyclopedic A-to-Z reference to writers of the New York School, including John Ashbery, who is often considered America’s greatest living poet. This book is a compelling examination of this significant movement in literary history and its development through the years.

Coverage includes:

  • Central poets of the movement, including John Ashbery and Frank O'Hara
  • Major works—including poems, books of poems, and fiction—such as Ashbery's "Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror," which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and National Book Award
  • Poets and artists who influenced the movement or were influenced by it, such as Andy Warhol, the Beat poets, W.H. Auden, and Robert Lowell
  • New York locales important to the movement, such as the Bowery Poetry Club, Brooklyn, the Chelsea Hotel, and the Nuyorican Poets Café
  • Magazines and journals
  • and more.


Index. Appendixes. Bibliography. Cross-references.

About the Author(s)

Terence Diggory, Ph.D., is professor of English at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His publications include The Scene of My Selves: New Work on New York School Poets, William Carlos Williams and the Ethics of Painting, and Yeats and American Poetry: The Tradition of the Self. His essays on the visual arts of the New York School have appeared in several journals and exhibition catalogs.

Reviews and Awards

"...provides authoritative and relevant information...[an] impressive work...an engaging resource for researchers, teachers, students, and artists as well as anyone with an interest in poetry."

American Reference Books Annual

"...[an] impressive volume...The information included here is phenomenal...For anyone requiring some source of information about that New York City poetic scene, this book would prove invaluable."

Beat Scene Magazine

"...a fascinating book that should pique the interest of any serious student of American poetry. For those schools wanting to build a strong collection to support honors or advanced classes in American literature this would be a needed addition. Recommended."

Library Media Connection

"...written in an accessible style...The time line and maps are particularly useful for researchers looking for life connections between poets. Academic and large public libraries will find this a worthwhile purchase."


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