Lewis Turco and His Work: A Celebration
Edited by Steven E. Swerdfeger
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Publisher: Star Cloud Press
Year of Publication: 2004
Format: Cloth Edition
Page Count: 243
A festschrift published in honor of the poet's 70th birthday (May 2, 2004), this book is a collection of essays, interviews, and tributes from major poets and scholars, including R. S. Gwynn, Donald Justice, Mary Doll, Donald Masterson, Hyatt H. Waggoner, William Heyen, Herbert R. Coursen, Jr., Gene van Troyer, Gerhard Zeller, De Villo Sloan, Felix Stefanile, and Kathrine Varnes, as well as from former students and friends.
Satan's Scourge, A Narrative of the Age of Witchraft in England and New England 1580-1697
Fearful Pleasures: The Complete Poems, 1959-2007
A Sheaf of Leaves by Lewis Turco
The Collected Lyrics of Lewis Turco / Wesli Court, 1953-2004 by Lewis Turco
Fantaseers: A Book of Memories by Lewis Turco
The Museum of Ordinary People by Lewis Turco
About Lewis Turco:
Lewis Turco, Professor Emeritus of English Writing Arts, is perhaps the most widely respected poet-scholar in the United States. He took his B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1959 and his M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1962. In 2000, he received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Ashland University in Ohio.
Founding Director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center (1962) and the Program in Writing Arts at the State University of New York at Oswego (1968) before his retirement in 1996, he was chosen to write the major essay on "Poetry" - as well as a dozen other entries - for the Encyclopedia of American Literature, and he was himself included in it as a biographee. His poems, essays, stories and plays have appeared in most of the major literary periodicals over the past half-century, and in over one hundred books and anthologies.
Lewis Turco's classic The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics has been called "the poet's Bible" since its original publication in 1968, through three editions and many printings. A companion volume, The Book of Literary Terms, The Genres of Fiction, Drama, Nonfiction, Literary Criticism and Scholarship, received a Choice award as an "Outstanding Academic Book" for the year 2000. A third book in the series, The Book of Dialogue, appeared in 2004. His first book of criticism, Visions and Revisions of American Poetry, won the Melville Cane Award of the Poetry Society of America in 1986, and his A Book of Fears: Poems, with Italian translations by Joseph Alessia, won the first annual Bordighera Bilingual Poetry Prize in 1998. Poems in his book of poetry, The Green Maces of Autumn: Voices in an Old Maine House (2002) won both the Silverfish Review Chapbook Award for 1989, and the Cooper House Chapbook Competition for 1990. In 1999, Professor Turco received the John Ciardi Award for lifetime achievement in poetry sponsored by the periodical Italian Americana and the National Italian American Foundation.
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