Reed Whittemore's poems are charged with irony and wit. In his satires of the sometimes-perilous American conformities, his comic tone is often hardened by feelings of wry anger, melancholy, empathy and, surprisingly, an unsuspected tenderness.
"Intelligent, funny, well crafted."
"Includes Whittemore's best published work. Recommended."
Born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1919, Reed Whittemore was educated at Phillips Academy and Yale University where he and James Angleton began the poetry journal Furioso. After three years in the Army Air Force during WWII, he revamped Furioso, soon after beginning a twenty-year tenure with Carleton College, both as a teacher and founding editor of the Carleton Miscellany. His growing reputation as a poet - first with Heroes & Heroines, then such books as An American Takes a Walk, The Self-Made Man through The Boy from Iowa - led to various prestigious appointments, including the Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (now U.S. Poet Laureate). Whittemore began teaching at the University of Maryland, meanwhile becoming literary editor for the New Republic from 1969 through 1973, leaving to write a biography of William Carlos Williams. From 1987 to 1991, he was the editor of Delos, a journal devoted to translation. In addition to ten books of poetry and the Williams biography, Whittemore has published The Poet as Journalist, a collection of his work at The New Republic, and several books on biography.
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