A Revolution in Taste by Louis Simpson

Copyright 1978
Checked out 8 times in 33 years
Last checked out 4 years ago

This is a book of criticism and a good one to have on the shelves. Simpson was praised for his critical insights as well as his poetry, which won him a Pulitzer in 1964. It’s unfortunate that this library doesn’t also have a book of Simpson’s poetry as well as this work of criticism. Though he has published volumes of poetry since, he put out a Collected Poems in 1988.

A Revolution in Taste examines the work of Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, and Sylvia Plath. This library has a book of Ginsberg’s poetry but not one of either Thomas or Plath. Since there is a biography of Sylvia Plath on the shelves and now this critical assessment, I recommend getting a Collected Poems of hers. Dylan Thomas is also a significant figure in poetry and should be represented in the British literature section. In any case, these are poets that students are likely to encounter in text books or anthologies and may possibly do reports on, so this is a nice book to have on the shelf for them.

Definitely keep this book, despite it’s marginal circulation, and strongly consider adding the poets it covers to the collection.


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