Biographies & Memoirs

Charles Henri Ford: Between Modernism and Postmodernism

Charles Henri Ford: Between Modernism and Postmodernism

The first American surrealist poet, a prolific literary editor and a seminal influence on the New York School of poetry, Charles Henri Ford was a key figure in the transition from late modernist to postmodern culture in America. Charles Henri Ford: Between Modernism and Postmodernism is the first book-length scholarly study of this important literary figure. Drawing on new archival research – including explorations of Ford's correspondence with the likes of Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Parker Tyler, and many others – the book explores the full impact of Ford's contribution to 20th-century American literary culture.

Introduction: Water From a Bucket, or, the Hidden Modernist History of Charles Henri Ford

Chapter 1. Blues and the Belated Renovation of Modernism

Chapter 2. Community, Circularity, Sociability, Postcards

Chapter 3. Building Up and Breaking Down: Surrealism, New York, New Criticism

Chapter 4. Spare Parts, or, Caught Between Pop and a Historical Hard Place

Chapter 5. Multitudes, Mirrors, Crystals, Haiku, Home

Conclusion: I Will Be What I Am, or, the Camp Modernist Legacy of Charles Henri Ford

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