The Anthologist

The Anthologist

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010 | Unabridged
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The Anthologist is narrated by Paul Chowder-a once-in-a-while-published kind of poet who is writing the introduction to a new anthology of poetry. He's having a hard time getting started because his career is floundering; his girlfriend Roz has recently left him; and he is thinking about the great poets throughout history who have suffered far worse and deserve to feel sorry for themselves. He has also promised to reveal many wonderful secrets and tips and tricks about poetry, and it looks like the introduction will be a little longer than he'd thought.What unfolds is a wholly entertaining and beguiling love story about poetry: from Tennyson, Swinburne, and Yeats to the moderns (Roethke, Bogan, Merwin) to the staff of the New Yorker, what Paul reveals is astonishing and makes one realize how incredible important poetry is to our lives. At the same time, Paul barely manages to realize all of this himself, and the result is a tenderly romantic, hilarious, and inspired novel
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400196630
1400196639
Branch Call Number: Audio Download--Adult
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (420 min.)) : digital
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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emilydickinson
Nov 27, 2014

This book is a gift to English majors. It's a good "story" but far more, a history of English poetry and a enlightening account of what makes something "a poem." Would be better in hard copy--I bought mine, but library should get it, I feel.

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crwcpa119
Aug 31, 2014

I loved listening to this CD so much I listened to each disc at least twice.
Don't expect much of a plot; relax and enjoy the wonderful commentary on poetry, mixed in with just enough mid-life angst to make it very, very fun and funny. Perhaps the best part is the reading by Nicholson Baker himself.

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