Weldon Kees and the Midcentury Generation: Letters, 1935-1955

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U of Nebraska Press, Jun 1, 2003 - Literary Collections - 273 pages
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Before he vanished in the fog of San Francisco, Weldon Kees (1914?55) was a poet, storyteller, critic, painter, musician, and filmmaker. What remains is a body of work and a large collection of letters that shed light on Kees?s complex personality. Robert E. Knoll traces the odyssey of a Nebraska boy who made his way in a fiercely competitive national scene, befriending the movers and shakers of the art worlds on both coasts. Kees?s letters?satirical, witty, poetic, gossipy, intensely individual?provide the feel of lives being lived, of a career going forth, and finally, of the darkness that engulfed him when, in Knoll's phrase, he was "ten minutes from triumph."
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations viii
1
Beginnings in the West 191437
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New Directions 193743
43
New York Intellectuals 194346
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Abstract Expressionists 194650
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The Bay Area and Jazz 195054
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Ten Minutes Too Soon 195455
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Index
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Robert E. Knoll is D. B. and Paula Varner Professor of English Emeritus at the University of Nebraska?Lincoln. He is the author of Conversations with Wright Morris: Critical Views and Responses (Nebraska 1977).

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