Monday, November 9, 2015

Monday Muse: Books New or Forthcoming

Pull out your notepads and mark down these forthcoming or recently published titles, which promise to be of no little interest.

✭ Participate in next year's bicentennial celebration of the birth of Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) by reading Claire Harman's Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart (Knopf, March 2016). Harman, a biographer of Jane Austen, Robert Louis Stevenson, Fanny Burney, and Sylvia Townsend Warner, draws on correspondence not available to other, earlier Bronte biographers to examine how unrequited love influenced Bronte's personal and writing lives. The book is available to pre-order.

Knopf (PenguinRandomHouse) Page for Charlotte Bronte: A Fiery Heart

Bronte200 Website

Harman's work was released October 29 in the United Kingdom, with a different cover and title: Charlotte Bronte: A Life (Viking Penguin UK, 2015). Read Mark Bostridge's article "Charlotte Bronte: Cinderella or Ugly Sister?", The Spectator, October 24, 2015.

UK Edition

On Friday, November 13, Harman will appear at the National Theatre to discuss and sign her book. For details, see "Charlotte and Jane" on the National Theatre Website. On November 14, Harman will be present at Dublin Book Festival.

✭ Seattle-based Wave Books released Supplication: Selected Poems of John Wieners on October 6. According to the publisher, the collection, which is available in paper and as a limited-edition hardback, includes the complete text of Wiener's The Hotel Wentley (1958 edition), collages by Wieners, facsimiles, and poems from rare sources. The editors are Joshua Beckman, CAConrad, and Robert Dewhurst. See the post "John Wieners Selected (Supplication) and Journals (Stars Seen in Person)" at The Allen Ginsberg Project.

John Wieners (1934-2002) was the founder of Measure magazine, which existed from 1957 to 1962, and a disciple of Beat poet and essayist Charles Olson (1910-1970). A member of the group of "New American" poets, he wrote seven poetry collections, among other work. 

Wave Books on FaceBook

The John Wieners Papers are at Syracuse University.

In September, City Lights Books published Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals of John Wieners (2015), edited by Michael Seth Stewart with a preface by Ammiel Alcalay. (The book's table of contents, preface, and introduction may be viewed from the City Lights page.)

✭ A new collection by Mvskoke Nation member Joy Harjo, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (W.W. Norton), was published September 28. I last read Harjo's Crazy Brave (W.W. Norton, 2014), a memoir, and look forward to taking up this release.

Joy Harjo Blog

Read "Monday Muse: Joy Harjo Performs 'Eagle Song'" at Writing Without Paper.

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