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The Facts On File Companion to American Poetry, 2-Volume Set
  • Format
  • Authored by: Burt Kimmelman, Temple Cone, Randall Huff
  • From the Series: Companion to Literature
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816069506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-6950-7
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $150.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 10/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 811
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1200


The Facts On File Companion to American Poetry is a new and indispensable encyclopedic guide to American poetry with more than 1,100 entries, ranging in length from 500 to more than 3,500 words. Intended for high school and college students, this invaluable resource explores the various writers, works, themes, and movements of this intriguing literary genre.

Volume 1 contains entirely new material, including new entries on poems, and extensive, new coverage on poets before 1900. Volume 2 is a revised and updated edition of The Facts On File Companion to 20th-Century American Poetry, with more than 100 new entries added on important poems and recent poets. Appendixes include a general bibliography and a list of winners for major poetry prizes.

Coverage includes:

  • Poets, representing a range of styles, influences, and ethnicities, from the Puritan period to today's avant-garde and from the most widely studied and anthologized to the obscure but influential
  • Major poems
  • Important literary schools and movements in American poetry, including Abolitionist, Transcendentalist, Romantic, Beat, Imagist, Fugitive, Black Mountain, Deep Image, Objectivist, Language, and others
  • Influential periodicals, critical essays, and poetry collections
  • Major poetry awards and societies.


Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Glossary. Cross-references. In two volumes.

About the Author(s)

Burt Kimmelman holds a Ph.D. in English from the City University of New York and is a professor of English at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Among his books are The "Winter Mind": William Bronk and American Letters and The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages: The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona. He has published scores of essays on American poets and poetry, as well as several collections of his own poems.

Temple Cone holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin and is an assistant professor of English at the United States Naval Academy. He is the author of Considerations of Earth and Sky, a collection of poems.

Randall Huff holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California and recently retired from university teaching. He is the author of many scholarly articles and The Revolutionary War Era, a study of popular culture during the period.

Reviews and Awards

"...a valuable reference in which the reader finds both old poets and important new ones."
American Reference Books Annual

"...accessible, interesting, and informative...Recommended for high-school and academic libraries."

"...a current and comprehensive reference source on American poetry...recommended not just for high school, junior, and community college libraries but also for public libraries."
Library Journal

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