Greville St Bookstore

The Anthologist
September 26, 2009, 5:00 am
Filed under: Literature


Nicholson Baker
pb $32.99

Nicholson Baker’s narrator, Paul Chowder (what a great name! but best said with a real American drawl), is a some-time poet in a relationship crisis. He’s supposed to be writing the introduction to a new anthology of poetry in praise of “the rhyme” but things are not going well for him. For the reader, however, it’s fantastic: Chowder’s meandering, procrastinating riffs on poets from Auden to Yeats and his own contemporaries are humorous, affecting and ultimately make you want to read the stuff! Have to love a book that inspires new interests and new reading, and Baker’s The Anthologist seems particularly apposite as faber & faber have recently released a superb selection of poetry classics to mark their eightieth anniversary.

audenbetjemant-s-eliotted-hughesplath yeats

ff Poetry Classics — HB @ $24.99
Six beautiful poetry classics by Auden, Eliot, Hughes, Plath, Betjeman and Yeats. The selections have been made by great writers, each one with a stunning cover and matching endpapers by a contemporary printmaker.


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