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City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara

 
 
Author
Brad Gooch.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780062303417
Pages/Publication Date 531/2014
Daedalus Item Code 54070
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A poet surrounded by artworks and artists, Frank O'Hara was a magnetic literary figure at the center of New York's cultural life during the 1950s and 60s, and a leading proponent of the New York School. Also the author of the National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Flannery: A Life of Flannery O'Connor, Brad Gooch captures the excitement and promise of mid-20th-century New York in the years when it became the epicenter of the art world. He brilliantly portrays O'Hara in his element, surrounded by writers and artists like Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones, and John Ashbery. Gooch brings into focus the artistry and influence of a life "of guts and wit and style and passion" (Luc Sante) that was tragically abbreviated in 1966 when O'Hara, just 40 and at the height of his creativity, was hit and killed by a jeep on the beach at Fire Island, a death that marked the end of an exceptional career and a remarkable era.

"Gooch offers a lengthy first biography of Frank O'Hara, the New York School poet of the Fifties and Sixties who espoused the Abstract Expressionism that gave way to Pop Art. Born of a Massachusetts Irish Catholic family, O'Hara contemplated music as a career but, after serving in the navy and attending Harvard, he decided on poetry. He did graduate work at the University of Michigan, then came to New York and became a poet, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, and critic for ArtNews. He assisted many avant-garde poets and painters; his multimedia outlook marks much of his poetry. This well-researched book is generously garnished both with samples of his work and his homosexual attachments and details his struggle with alcohol."Library Journal

 
 
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