Literary Criticism and Poetics

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Imagining Persons: Robert Duncan's Lectures on Charles Olson

Edited by Robert J. Bertholf
Edited by Dale M. Smith

Robert Duncan’s nine lectures on Charles Olson, delivered intermittently from 1961 to 1983, explore the modernist literary background and influences of Olson’s influential 1950 essay “Projective Verse.” These transcribed talks pay tribute to Olson and expand our knowledge of Duncan’s vision of modernist writing.


Robert J. Bertholf (1940–2016) served as the curator of the Poetry Collection at the University of Buffalo for twenty-five years. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including several about Robert Duncan and his work.

Dale M. Smith is an associate professor in Ryerson University’s Department of English. He is the author of Poets Beyond the Barricade: Rhetoric, Citizenship, and Dissent after 1960 and Slow Poetry in America.

6.125 x 9.25 in. 264 pages