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City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O'Hara
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Perennial
Publication date May 13, 2014
Pages 531
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780062303417
ISBN-10 0062303414
Dimensions 1 by 5.31 by 8 in.
Original list price $18.99
Summaries and Reviews
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The definitive biography of Frank O’Hara, one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, the magnetic literary figure at the center of New York’s cultural life during the 1950s and 1960s.

City Poet captures the excitement and promise of mid-twentieth-century New York in the years when it became the epicenter of the art world, and illuminates the poet and artist at its heart. Brad Gooch traces Frank O’Hara’s life from his parochial Catholic childhood to World War II, through his years at Harvard and New York. He brilliantly portrays O’Hara in in his element, surrounded by a circle of writers and artists who would transform America’s cultural landscape: Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Helen Frankenthaler, Jackson Pollock, Gregory Corso, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, LeRoi Jones, and John Ashbery.

Gooch brings into focus the artistry and influence of a life “of guts and wit and style and passion” (Luc Sante) that was tragically abbreviated in 1966 when O’Hara, just forty and at the height of his creativity, was hit and killed by a jeep on the beach at Fire Island—a death that marked the end of an exceptional career and a remarkable era.

City Poet is illustrated with 55 black and white photographs.



Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780394571188
 
With Wanger (other contributor), Mehta | from Alfred a Knopf Inc (June 1, 1993)
9780394571188 | details & prices | 6.75 × 9.75 × 2.00 in. | 2.40 lbs | List price $30.00
About: In the first biography of this noted poet, the author describes O'Hara's insular Catholic upbringing, his bohemian lifestyle, and his brilliant career as a poet and a museum curator
Paperback
Book cover for 9780060976132 Book cover for 9780062303417
 
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Reprint edition from Perennial (May 13, 2014)
9780062303417 | details & prices | 531 pages | 5.31 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.95 lbs | List price $18.99
About: The definitive biography of Frank O’Hara, one of the greatest American poets of the twentieth century, the magnetic literary figure at the center of New York’s cultural life during the 1950s and 1960s.
Reprint edition from Perennial (June 1, 1994)
9780060976132 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.50 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Gooch presents a fascinating account of Frank O'Hara's life (1926-1966) and evokes the spirit and excitement of New York's literary and artistic underground in the '50s and '60s.

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