Just the Thing: Selected Letters of James Schuyler

James Schuyler (Author) William Corbett (Editor)
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"An extraordinarily rich and compelling book, a wonder . . . the perfect companion to [Schuyler's] brilliant and memorable poems."--Paul Auster

"James Schuyler's letters are all of a piece. . . . They have his virtues: wit, humor, intelligent observations about writing, writers, painting, and painters expressed off-handedly, bits of brilliant description of nature and weather, and a sense of the world lived in, sharply observed, and lovingly accepted for all that it is. All of a piece but with Schuyler's voice adjusted to different friends, pitched to their particular wavelengths. And, of course, his voice changes over the years as he ages and his correspondents extend beyond his contemporaries to younger friends." --William Corbett, from the Introduction

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$21.95  $19.76
Turtle Point Press
Publish Date
September 10, 2009
6.4 X 1.39 X 8.96 inches | 1.55 pounds
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About the Author

William Corbett (1942-2018) was a poet, essayist, educator, editor, and publisher. He taught at Harvard, MIT, and NYU, and lived in Boston's South End and, later, in Brooklyn.

James Schuyler (1923-1991) was the recipient of the 1981 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for The Morning of the Poem. He belonged to the first generation of New York School poets, along with Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and Barbara Guest. He wrote three novels, including one with John Ashbery.


"An extraordinarily rich and compelling book, a wonder. James Schuyler's letters provide the perfect companion to his brilliant and memorable poems--hilarious, self-deprecating, insightful, and moving, ever so moving."