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Published: Mar 1 2004
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Donald J. Greiner holds the chair of Carolina Distinguished Professor of English at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, where he also serves as associate provost and dean of undergraduate academic affairs. The author of more than a dozen books on such writers as Frederick Busch, Robert Frost, and John Hawkes, he is the preeminent scholar of John Updike, about whom he has published three books. Greiner has won both the University Award for Outstanding Teaching and the University Award for Distinguished Research at the University of South Carolina. He lives in Columbia.
"James Dickey's lectures are golden reminders of a major American poet at the peak of his early poetic and critical powers. Dickey's compelling role as teacher adds a new dimension to the man and the poet. These lectures include us in his imagination, his assimilation of good and bad poetry. His imaginative focus on minor poets (e.g., Michael Hamburger) and on major poets (e.g., Dylan Thomas and W. H. Auden) of the contemporary period allows readers a virtual seat in Dickey's seminar. Packed with energy, the lectures in Classes on Modern Poets and the Art of Poetry bring life to the 'contemporary poets' circle and are a must-read to know the man and his work. I am left with an awed awareness of the poet as teacher."—Joyce Pair, founding editor of James Dickey Newsletter
"Classes on Modern Poets and the Art of Poetry offers unique insights into the mind of a literary genius. James Dickey's thoughts on other writers are lively and compelling. Most important, they reveal a great deal about Dickey's own craft. The reader witnesses the extraordinary range of Dickey's reading and his knowledge of poetic techniques. Donald J. Greiner has done a wonderful job editing the volume. The book is an invaluable addition to Dickey scholarship."—Ernest Suarez, The Catholic University of America
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