"The Stamp of Class addresses an important area that
has not received sufficient attention. Lenhart directly confronts
and deeply analyzes these questions while offering readers his
clear, informative discussion."
The Stamp of Class explores the nature of reading poetry
in the context of class and its themes and sheds new light on how
this important yet little-heralded subject affects the poet''s life
While numerous works have taken up the question of race and gender
as they relate to literary creation, this is the first book of its
kind to probe the interplay between class and American poetry.
Author Gary Lenhart considers poetry and class across a wide
variety of time periods and poetic trends and reflects on a range
of influential poets from the eighteenth to the twenty-first
The essays in The Stamp of Class deal with the question of
class as reflected in the works of Tracie Morris, Tillie Olsen,
Melvin Tolson, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman, and others.
The work is rooted in the author''s own experiences as a
working-class poet and teacher and is the result of more than a
decade of exploration.
Poet and scholar Gary Lenhart is Lecturer in English at Dartmouth
College in Hanover, New Hampshire. His most recent books of poetry
are Father and Son Night, Light Heart, and
One at a Time. His essays and reviews have appeared in
numerous magazines and journals, including the American Poetry
Review, American Book Review, and Exquisite