Love, Amy: The Selected Letters

Love Amy The Selected Letters This extraordinary collection of letters sheds light on one of the most important postwar American poets and on a creative woman s life from the s onward Amy Clampitt was an American original a l
  • Title: Love, Amy: The Selected Letters
  • Author: Amy Clampitt Willard Spiegelman
  • ISBN: 9780231132862
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Love, Amy: The Selected Letters
    This extraordinary collection of letters sheds light on one of the most important postwar American poets and on a creative woman s life from the 1950s onward Amy Clampitt was an American original, a literary woman from a Quaker family in rural Iowa who came to New York after college and lived in Manhattan for almost forty years before she found success or before it foundThis extraordinary collection of letters sheds light on one of the most important postwar American poets and on a creative woman s life from the 1950s onward Amy Clampitt was an American original, a literary woman from a Quaker family in rural Iowa who came to New York after college and lived in Manhattan for almost forty years before she found success or before it found her at the age of 63 with the publication of The Kingfisher Her letters from 1950 until her death in 1994 are a testimony to her fiercely independent spirit and her quest for various kinds of truth religious, spiritual, political, and artistic.Written in clear, limpid prose, Clampitt s letters illuminate the habits of imagination she would later use to such effect in her poetry She offers, with wit and intelligence, an intimate and personal portrait of life as an independent woman recently arrived in New York City She recounts her struggle to find a place for herself in the world of literature as well as the excitement of living in Manhattan In other letters she describes a religious conversion and then a gradual religious disillusionment and her work as a political activist Clampitt also reveals her passionate interest in and fascination with the world around her She conveys her delight in a variety of day to day experiences and sights, reporting on trips to Europe, the books she has read, and her walks in nature.After struggling as a novelist, Clampitt turned to poetry in her fifties and was eventually published in the New Yorker In the last decade of her life she appeared like a meteor on the national literary scene, lionized and honored In letters to Helen Vendler, Mary Jo Salter, and others, she discusses her poetry as well as her surprise at her newfound success and the long overdue satisfaction she obviously felt, along with gratitude, for her recognition.
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    About " Amy Clampitt Willard Spiegelman "

  • Amy Clampitt Willard Spiegelman

    Amy Clampitt was brought up in New Providence, Iowa She wrote poetry in high school, but then ceased and focused her energies on writing fiction instead She graduated from Grinnell College, and from that time on lived mainly in New York City To support herself, she worked as a secretary at the Oxford University Press, a reference librarian at the Audubon Society, and a freelance editor Not until the mid 1960s, when she was in her forties, did she return to writing poetry Her first poem was published by The New Yorker in 1978 In 1983, at the age of sixty three, she published her first full length collection, The Kingfisher.Clampitt was the recipient of a 1982 Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacArthur Fellowship 1992 , and she was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Poets She died of cancer in September 1994.

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  • I don t know much about Amy Clampitt I know next to nothing other than she was a New York poet who wrote beautiful things and was successful late in her life Having read these letters, I don t know much at all They re interesting and well written but the presentation of her letters while only giving us the bare bones of biography, without some detail about events and persons mentioned, and without any explanation as to who the addressees are or what they were to Clampitt only adds mystery to so [...]


  • Amy Clampitt s poetry is phenomenal, but she didn t publish until she was in her sixties Her letters show that writing, reading, and criticism were all an integral and essential part of her life as early as the 1950s when the selection here begins and that she knew writing was her calling Even still, she knew that learning and practicing and revisiting were critical tasks a writer needs to pursue before mastering the craft Her letters are full of wit, precision, and an incisive wit that would la [...]



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