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Melissa Bradshaw, Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Surrey: Ashgate, 2011). 188pp. ISBN: 978-1-4094-1002-7.

Melissa Bradshaw, Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Surrey: Ashgate, 2011). 188pp. ISBN: 978-1-4094-1002-7. Modernist Cultures Melissa Bradshaw, Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Surrey: Ashgate, 2011). 188pp. ISBN: 978-1-4094-1002-7. As the conventional Hollywood narrative goes, formerly formidable divas are apt to fade into obscurity. This has certainly proved the case with Amy Lowell, whose significant role in shaping American modernist poetics has been largely overlooked following her death in 1925. In part, Lowell's posthumous critical neglect was the result of an aggressive effort to undermine her considerable achievements, starting with Clement Wood's vitriolic biography Amy Lowell (1926). Of course, Lowell regularly fended off critical barbs and barely concealed personal insults during her lifetime. She famously became embroiled in a bitter dispute over Imagism with Ezra Pound, resulting in the publication, under Lowell's leadership, of the Some Imagist Poets anthologies (1915­1917). But Lowell's biggest battle was with a conservative American public reluctant to embrace the New Poetry. Lowell fought hard throughout her career to promote the New Poetry, financially supporting struggling poets, funding magazines, and performing her own work at public lectures across the United States. With the publication of Amy Lowell, Diva Poet, Melissa Bradshaw confirms her position at the forefront of Lowell's critical revival. Bradshaw is the editor, along with Adrienne Munich, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Modernist Cultures Edinburgh University Press

Melissa Bradshaw, Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Surrey: Ashgate, 2011). 188pp. ISBN: 978-1-4094-1002-7.

Modernist Cultures , Volume 7 (2): 312 – Oct 1, 2012

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Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Copyright
© Edinburgh University Press 2012
Subject
Book Reviews; Film, Media and Cultural Studies
ISSN
2041-1022
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1753-8629
DOI
10.3366/mod.2012.0045
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Modernist Cultures Melissa Bradshaw, Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Surrey: Ashgate, 2011). 188pp. ISBN: 978-1-4094-1002-7. As the conventional Hollywood narrative goes, formerly formidable divas are apt to fade into obscurity. This has certainly proved the case with Amy Lowell, whose significant role in shaping American modernist poetics has been largely overlooked following her death in 1925. In part, Lowell's posthumous critical neglect was the result of an aggressive effort to undermine her considerable achievements, starting with Clement Wood's vitriolic biography Amy Lowell (1926). Of course, Lowell regularly fended off critical barbs and barely concealed personal insults during her lifetime. She famously became embroiled in a bitter dispute over Imagism with Ezra Pound, resulting in the publication, under Lowell's leadership, of the Some Imagist Poets anthologies (1915­1917). But Lowell's biggest battle was with a conservative American public reluctant to embrace the New Poetry. Lowell fought hard throughout her career to promote the New Poetry, financially supporting struggling poets, funding magazines, and performing her own work at public lectures across the United States. With the publication of Amy Lowell, Diva Poet, Melissa Bradshaw confirms her position at the forefront of Lowell's critical revival. Bradshaw is the editor, along with Adrienne Munich,

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Modernist CulturesEdinburgh University Press

Published: Oct 1, 2012

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