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The Resource "Literchoor Is My Beat" : a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven

"Literchoor Is My Beat" : a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven

Label
"Literchoor Is My Beat" : a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions
Title
"Literchoor Is My Beat"
Title remainder
a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions
Statement of responsibility
Ian S. MacNiven
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"A biography--thoughtful and playful--of the man who founded New Directions and transformed American publishing James Laughlin--a poet, publisher, world-class skier--was the man behind some of the most daring, revolutionary works in verse and prose of the twentieth century. As the founder of New Directions, he published Ezra Pound's The Cantos and William Carlos Williams's Paterson; he brought Herman Hesse and Jorge Luis Borges to an American audience. Throughout his life, this tall, charismatic intellectual, athlete, and entrepreneur preferred to stay hidden. But no longer--in "Literchoor is My Beat": James Laughlin and New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven has given us a sensitive and revealing portrait of this visionary and the understory of the last century of American letters. Laughlin--or J, as MacNiven calls him--emerges as an impressive and complex figure: energetic, idealistic, and hardworking, but also plagued by doubts--not about his ability to identify and nurture talent, but about his own worth as a writer. Haunted by his father's struggles with bipolar disorder, J threw himself into a flurry of activity, pulling together the first New Directions anthology before he'd graduated from Harvard and purchasing and managing a ski resort in Utah. MacNiven's portrait is comprehensive and vital, spiced with Ezra Pound's eccentric letters, J's romantic foibles, and anecdotes from a seat-of-your-pants era of publishing now gone by. A story about the struggle to publish only the best, it is itself an example of literary biography at its finest"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 811/.54
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3523.A8245
LC item number
Z77 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
"Literchoor Is My Beat" : a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn869263605
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 584 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374299392
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014008669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o869263605
  • (OCoLC)869263605
  • (Sirsi) b14288813
Label
"Literchoor Is My Beat" : a Life of James Laughlin, Publisher of New Directions, Ian S. MacNiven
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn869263605
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 584 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780374299392
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014008669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o869263605
  • (OCoLC)869263605
  • (Sirsi) b14288813

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