West Virginia University Press
February 01, 2018
4.7 X 0.5 X 7.4 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980) was a prolific American writer and political activist. In 1935 her first collection of poetry, Theory of Flight, won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, and she went on to publish twelve more volumes of poetry. She received a National Institute of Arts and Letters award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Levinson Prize for Poetry, and the Shelley Memorial Award, among other accolades. Rukeyser's writing consistently emphasized and utilized cinematic and graphic techniques, and she explored various connections between the visual and literary aspects of art. She originally intended The Book of the Dead to be published with multiple photos by Naumburg. Catherine Venable Moore is a writer and producer in Fayette County, West Virginia. A graduate of Harvard University and the University of Montana, Moore is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the Highlander Center, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and others. Her nonfiction has recently appeared in Best American Essays, Oxford American, VICE, Columbia Journalism Review, and Yes! She is also an honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America. Currently, she is at work on a collection of essays.
"Innovative, gorgeous, and deeply moving."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"If Rukeyser had left us only The Book of the Dead and The Life of Poetry, she would have made a remarkable contribution to American literature. But the range and daring of her work, its generosity of vision, its formal innovations, and its level of energy are unequalled among twentieth-century American poets."
--Adrienne Rich, introduction to Muriel Rukeyser, Selected Poems
"Muriel Rukeyser's words are a painful, haunting memorial to an American crime. Catherine Venable Moore's graceful essay sets the work in its time and place, and ties it to today's struggles."
--Jedediah Purdy, author of After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene