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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Vendler vs. Quinn

Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments

By Elizabeth Bishop
Edited by Alice Quinn (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 367 pp., $30)

In this corner: The Grand Dame of Poetry Criticism Helen Vendler
In the other corner: The New Yorker Poetry Editor Alice Quinn

This is the NY Times article were Vendler trashes/critics Quinn:

(If the link doesn't let you read the article, google Bishop and Vendler; it's on the New Republic's Website)

More about the row: NY Times: New Elizabeth Bishop Book Sparks a Controversy

What do you think?


jenni said...

I'm a huge Bishop gan and I love the book--pre-ordered it and read the whole thing in one day. It's a facinating book and very insightful into her process. Plus some of her 'rough' drafts are better than 90% of what's published in most journals today.

Diana Marie Delgado said...


Thanks for your opinion. Especially, the part of about 90%. I agree.

Anonymous said...

Too bad everyone is missing Vendler's point. Presentation is everything, and in this instance Alice Quinn is misrepresenting these fragments by calling them "uncollected poems." Most of them are not even whole drafts of poems--they are merely fragments, and however interesting to read should be regarded as such, as anyone who has actually read Bishop's finished work should be able to attest.