Third Book of Modern Verse

edited by Jessie B. Rittenhouse
Copyright 1927, 1970 reprint
Checked out 11 times in 39 years
Last checked out 17 years ago

This is a wonderful anthology created during an exciting time in American poetry with a large number of diverse luminaries represented: Allen Tate, Vachel Lindsay, Archibald MacLeish, Sara Teasdale, Amy Lowell, Stephen Vincent Benet, John Crowe Ranson, Countee Cullen, Edgar Lee Masters, Elinor Wylie, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, Louise Bogan, Robinson Jeffers, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ezra Pound, Conrad Aiken, H.D., Robert Frost, e.e. cummings, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, Hart Crane and dozens of lesser-knowns. For someone like myself, this is a tremendously fun volume. However, there aren’t many people like me in Albertville. Probably the age of this book has contributed to waning interest and I have to admit that it’s about the last book I would have pulled if I were browsing spines. It looks like something that would have been assigned in high school in the 1940s. But the old adage of not judging a book by its cover holds true here and I’m not the least bit surprised the book was reprinted in 1970. It’s a marvelous cross-section of American poetry emerging at the turn of the 20th Century.

Unfortunately, it’s time truly is at a close for this library. Though part of me wants to argue for its historical significance, it can be culled. Too few people here would recognize its importance and enjoy it.

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