Family Portrait: American Prose Poetry 1900-1950
Edited by Robert Alexander
Most readers assume that American prose poetry began in the 1960s but in fact it has a strong tradition reaching back to the first half of the 20th century. Much of this work appeared in literary magazines and has never been collected. The anthology collects over 60 voices including such well-known figures as Sherwood Anderson, Paul Bowles, Kay Boyle, E.E. Cummings, H.D., Robert Duncan, T.S. Eliot, William Faulkner, Earnest Hemingway, Amy Lowell, Kenneth Patchen, Laura Riding Jackson, Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, Thorton Wilder and William Carlos Williams. Margueritte Murphy's scholarly Introduction sets the stage for this collection which traces the history of American prose poetry from 1900-1950.
About the Editor
Robert Alexander is the Founder and Series Editor of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series. After receiving his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, he worked for many years as a freelance editor. From 1993-1999, he was a consulting editor at New Rivers Press, and from 1999-2001 he served as New Rivers' creative director. He is the author of two books of poetry, White Pine Sucker River and What the Raven Said; and a book of creative nonfiction, Five Forks: Waterloo of the Confederacy. He divides his time between southern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Visit the editor's website.
Family Portrait contains work by 30 authors, including Sherwood Anderson, Holly Beye, Paul Bowles, Kay Boyle, Harry Crosby, e. e. cummings, H. D., Robert Duncan,T. S. Eliot, Mary Fabilli, William Faulkner, Charles Henri Ford, Jane Heap, Ernest Hemingway, Fenton Johnson, Amy Lowell, Robert McAlmon, Kenneth Patchen, Laura Riding, Edouard Roditi, Gertrude Stein, Jean Toomer, and William Carlos Williams. Introduction by Margueritte Murphy, afterword by Robert Alexander.