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Placing John Haines


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James Perrin Warren is assistant professor of English at Washington and Lee University and the author of several books on nineteenth-century American literature.


"James Perrin Warren goes a long way toward remedying the relative critical neglect of John Haines's work, making a convincing case for the importance of the prose as well as the poetry, which he regards as deserving comparison with that of such major ecopoets as Robert Bly, W. S. Merwin, Gary Snyder, and Wendell Berry. . . . (A) pioneering book-length study of Haines's career."-- "Western American Literature"
"Unlike other writers who focus on Alaskan themes, Haines spent 24 years homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness. The experience helped him, according to Warren, find his authentic voice. While he toiled in near isolation during the first decade of his Alaskan adventure, his interactive dialogue with other writers helped hone a poetic vision which connected a sense of place in the wilderness to a larger ecological vision of the world."-- "Alaska History"
"Warren has written a remarkable book of criticism, complete with biographical aspects, that will be the cornerstone of future Haines scholarship. . . . Warren provides fresh insight with a line-by-line analysis of how his poetry evolved over decades when Haines was simultaneously isolated at his Alaska homestead and yet connected to the literary world via correspondence with William Carlos Williams, Robert Bly, Donald Hall, Wendell Berry, and others."-- "Northern Review"
"Warren weaves biography with analysis . . . [and] makes a compelling case that Haines should be more widely read."-- "Choice"
"Warren's deeply researched, perceptive account of the development of Haines's career should be essential reading for anyone interested in the writer's work."-- "Western Literature Association"

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