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The Dream Songs - (FSG Classics) by John Berryman (Paperback)

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Originally published: New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1969.



Book Synopsis



The complete Dream Songs--hypnotic, seductive, masterful--as thrilling to read now as they ever were

John Berryman's The Dream Songs are perhaps the funniest, saddest, most intricately wrought cycle of poems by an American in the twentieth century. They are also, more simply, the vibrantly sketched adventures of a uniquely American antihero named Henry. Henry falls in and out of love, and is in and out of the hospital; he sings of joy and desire, and of beings at odds with the world. He is lustful; he is depressed.

And while Henry is breaking down and cracking up and patching himself together again, Berryman is doing the same thing to the English language, crafting electric verses that defy grammar but resound with an intuitive truth: "if he had a hundred years," Henry despairs in "Dream Song 29," "& more, & weeping, sleepless, in all them time / Henry could not make good."

This volume collects both 77 Dream Songs, which won Berryman the Pulitzer Prize in 1965, and their continuation, His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, which was awarded the National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize in 1969. The Dream Songs are witty and wild, an account of madness shot through with searing insight, winking word play, and moments of pure, soaring elation. This is a brilliantly sustained and profoundly moving performance that has not yet-and may never be-equaled.



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"I'd be shucking my obligation not to . . . make a renewed case for 'The Dream Songs.' It's a book that collects Berryman's original 77 dream songs and adds the further 308 he later wrote. This new edition includes a fond, funny and brilliant introduction by the poet and translator Michael Hofmann." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"The character of Henry [the hero of The Dream Songs] is a permanent addition to our literature." --James Schevill

"A major achievement . . . [Berryman] has written an elegy on his brilliant generation and, in the process, he has also written an elegy on himself." --A. Alvarez, The Observer




About the Author



John Berryman (1914-1972) was an American poet and scholar. He won the Pulitzer Prize for 77 Dream Songs in 1965 and the National Book Award and the Bollingen Prize for His Toy, His Dream, His Rest, a continuation of The Dream Songs, in 1969.

Michael Hofmann is an acclaimed poet, translator, and critic. He has published several books of poetry and has translated more than sixty books from the German, including Gottfried Benn's Impromptus: Selected Poems and Some Prose, as well as works by Ernst Jünger, Franz Kafka, and Joseph Roth. His criticism appears regularly in the London Review of Books, The New York Review of Books, and Poetry. He currently teaches poetry and translation at the University of Florida.

Dimensions (Overall): 8.2 Inches (H) x 5.4 Inches (W) x 1.5 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.25 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 464
Genre: Poetry
Sub-Genre: American
Series Title: FSG Classics
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Paperback
Author: John Berryman
Language: English
Street Date: October 21, 2014
TCIN: 16210741
UPC: 9780374534554
Item Number (DPCI): 247-28-6341
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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