Poetry. Edited by Ben Mazer. The first-ever complete edition of the poems of John Crowe Ransom, restoring to the world – in the name not of mercy but of justice – a great many poems that he himself had once (and quite rightly) judged perfectly worthy of publication, poems that, joining now his select poems, will enjoy a renaissance.
A.E. Stallings @ Oxford JournalsA.E. Stallings @ Partisan MagazineJames Matthew Wilson @ The Weekly StandardWilliam Logan @ The New Criterionauthor page @ Academy of American PoetsRyan Wilson @ The Hopkins Review
John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974), poet, critic, and teacher was born in Pulaski, Tennessee. He entered Vanderbilt University at the age of fifteen, received his undergraduate degree in 1909, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and crowned his academic career at Kenyon College where he founded and edited the Kenyon Review. His criticism – The New Criticism – was revered and feared. His poems are at once ancient and modern while never modernist (T.S. Eliot: "I have probably a higher opinion of your verse than you have of mine"). They won high esteem and deep delight for their fineness, their humor, their individuality of manner and movement, and their unforced poignancy. Poems About God (1919), Chills and Fever (1924), and Two Gentlemen in Bonds (1927) led in due course to his Selected Poems (1947), of which the revised reissue was to win the National Book Award in Poetry in 1964. Robert Graves: "The sort of poetry which, because it is too good, has to be brushed aside as a literary novelty". Howard Nemerov: "His verse is in the best sense 'private', the judgment upon the world of one man who could not, properly speaking, be imitated". Robert Lowell: "so many lyrics that one wants to read over and over".Author City: PULASKI, TN USA