American Wits

American Wits

Spoken-word CD - 2005 | Library edition
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A remarkable series of audiobooks, featuring distinguished twentieth-century American poets reading from their own work. A first in audiobook publishing--a series that uses the written word to enhance the listening experience--poetry to be read as well as heard. Each audiobook includes rare archival recordings and a book with the text of the poetry, a bibliograohy, and commentary by J. D. McClatchy, the poet and critic, who is the editor of The Yale Review.

"To hear a poem spoken in the voice of the person who wrote it is not only to witness the rising of words off the page and into the air, but to experience an aural reenactment of exactly what the poet must have heard, if only internally, during the act of composition. THE VOICE OF THE POET recordings deliver these pleasures as they broadcast the pitch and timbre of many of the major voices in twentieth-century poetry."--Billy Collins, U.S,. Poet Lauerate.

American Wits from Mark Twain to James Thurber to David Sedaris have offered a trenchant commentary on the fortunes and foibles of American society. And from colonial days, some of our best poets have joined in. From eighteenth-century satires to twenty-first-century epigrams, gimlet eyes and sharp tongues have been at work dissecting the Great Institutions (like government and marriage) and Timeless Emotions (like love and loyalty) with hilarious consequences. Three of this country's most celebrated wits are gathered together here for the first time. Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was famous as a screenwriter, story writer, columnist, and as scourge and queen of the Algonquin Round Table. But as a poet she was at her most trenchant. "Men seldom makes passes/At girls who wear glasses" may be her best-known couplet, but her poems everywhere gleam with funny-sad asides. Ogden Nash (1902-1971) was one of the most popular and beloved poets of his time. His preposterous rhymes created a style all his own, and his affectionate vignettes of domestic routines and popular culture are both endearing and enduring. Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978) was the first writer to win a Pulitzer Prize for a collection of light verse. Her elegant, beguiling poems skewer suburban life and social customs, and offer as well a rare woman's self-portrait: exasperated, affectionate, paradoxical.

Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, [2005]
Edition: Library edition
Copyright Date: ℗2005
ISBN: 9781415920343
Branch Call Number: BOOK CD 811.08 A512w
Characteristics: 1 audio disc (approximately 72 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (64 pages ; 18 cm)


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