Cover

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Half Title, Series Page, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

This volume contains nearly all of the letters written from 1961 to 1970 between American poet Charles Olson (1910–1970) and English poet J. H. Prynne (b. 1936).1 Prynne initiated the correspondence by writing to Olson on November 7, 1961 in search of work for Prospect, a small literary magazine published in Cambridge, England. ...

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Chapter 1: 1961

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pp. 11-26

Dear Charles Olson,
You won’t know who I am, but I have just taken over as editor of PROSPECT, which published two of the Maximus letters when Elaine Feinstein was running the show.1 Being immoderately reticent, I have for a long time been looking for a pretext on which to write, and now I have one: ...

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Chapter 2: 1962

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pp. 27-50

Dear Charles Olson,
Very sorry for my delay in answering your last letter & query—I have been away for Christmas, and only yesterday got back to striking distance of a library. Your problem is a complicated one, and it’s too bad I’m not even half qualified to give a proper answer. ...

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Chapter 3: 1963

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pp. 51-78

Dear Charles Olson,
Just a note written from the search room of the Public Records Office, where I am awaiting production of the next batch of port books. I have been going through these fairly steadily, though the state of affairs is not a very encouraging one. The port books themselves are mostly in a very poor state of repair, ...

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Chapter 4: 1964

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pp. 79-118

My dear Jeremy,
Delighted to hear from you. (I don’t know what to advise, had heard from Cook New Year’s Eve, that he had heard from you—pushed him actually to add you, if possible, to the middle summer session the coming summer, the one with Ed, ...

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Chapter 5: 1965

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pp. 119-148

Prynne returned the manuscript of the second volume of the Maximus poems to Olson in Buffalo. ...

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Chapter 6: 1966

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pp. 149-214

Prynne sent a typescript of his poem, “Song in Sight of the World” with the dedication:
Jeremy Prynne, for Charles Olson,
Cambridge, New Year’s Day, 1966. ...

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Chapter 7: 1967–1970

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pp. 215-226

My dear Jeremy:
I wonder if I could trouble you to feed my engines by say opening an account for me at your favourite bookstore there, Cambridge: + letting me have post1 ...

Bibliography

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pp. 227-232

Index

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pp. 233-242