City Poet: The Life And Times Of Frank O'Hara

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City Poet: The Life And Times Of Frank O'Hara

by Brad Gooch

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | May 5, 2014 | Trade Paperback |

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The definitive biography of Frank O''Hara, one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, the magnetic literary figure at the center of New York''s cultural life during the 1950s and 1960s

"City Poet has everything: poetry, art, sex, gossip, and glamour. Brad Gooch is a marvelous chronicler of the fifties, when the Cedar Tavern was booming and the Poets Theatre flourished. Greenwich Village, literary Cambridge, the Hamptons when real artists lived there: it''s all in The Life and Times of Frank O''Hara, a book that is a ''life and times.''" -James Atlas

City Poet captures the excitement and promise of mid-twentieth-century New York in the years when it became the epicenter of the art world, and illuminates the poet and artist at its heart. Brad Gooch traces Frank O''Hara''s life from his parochial Catholic childhood to World War II, through his years at Harvard and New York. He brilliantly portrays O''Hara in in his element, surrounded by a circle of writers and artists who would transform America''s cultural landscape: Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones, and John Ashbery.

Gooch brings into focus the artistry and influence of a life "of guts and wit and style and passion" (Luc Sante) that was tragically abbreviated in 1966 when O''Hara, just forty and at the height of his creativity, was hit and killed by a jeep on the beach at Fire Island-a death that marked the end of an exceptional career and a remarkable era.

City Poet is illustrated with 55 black and white photographs.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 5, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062303414

ISBN - 13: 9780062303417

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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City Poet: The Life And Times Of Frank O'Hara

City Poet: The Life And Times Of Frank O'Hara

by Brad Gooch

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 576 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.79 in

Published: May 5, 2014

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062303414

ISBN - 13: 9780062303417

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The definitive biography of Frank O''Hara, one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, the magnetic literary figure at the center of New York''s cultural life during the 1950s and 1960s

"City Poet has everything: poetry, art, sex, gossip, and glamour. Brad Gooch is a marvelous chronicler of the fifties, when the Cedar Tavern was booming and the Poets Theatre flourished. Greenwich Village, literary Cambridge, the Hamptons when real artists lived there: it''s all in The Life and Times of Frank O''Hara, a book that is a ''life and times.''" -James Atlas

City Poet captures the excitement and promise of mid-twentieth-century New York in the years when it became the epicenter of the art world, and illuminates the poet and artist at its heart. Brad Gooch traces Frank O''Hara''s life from his parochial Catholic childhood to World War II, through his years at Harvard and New York. He brilliantly portrays O''Hara in in his element, surrounded by a circle of writers and artists who would transform America''s cultural landscape: Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones, and John Ashbery.

Gooch brings into focus the artistry and influence of a life "of guts and wit and style and passion" (Luc Sante) that was tragically abbreviated in 1966 when O''Hara, just forty and at the height of his creativity, was hit and killed by a jeep on the beach at Fire Island-a death that marked the end of an exceptional career and a remarkable era.

City Poet is illustrated with 55 black and white photographs.

Editorial Reviews

"Not only is this book a joy to read, it''s a necessary chronicle of a fascinating, often overlooked key character in modern American letters." - Los Angeles Times

"The first biography of the poet Frank O''Hara (1926-1966) is also an extremely informative gossip-survey of the social and sexual mores of the New York avant-garde art scene in the 50s and 60s. . . . Entertaining and readable." - San Francisco Chronicle

"Brad Good has brought Frank O''Hara''s brilliance and prescience to the attention of a new generation and beyond, alerting some and reminding others of this mercurial poet, the great New York laureate of the last of this century. . . . His life was a terrific display of guts and wit and style and passion. Gooch conveys all of this with lightness and thoroughness." - Luc Sante

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