Career Moves Olson, Creeley, Zukofsky, Berrigan, and the American Avant-Garde
- List Price: $37.95
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
- Publish date: 10/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780299168407
- ISBN10: 0299168409
Making the controversial claim that anti-Establishment poets were at least as "careerist" as their mainstream peers, Libbie Rifkin shows how the nature of these poets' ambition actually defined postwar avant-garde identity. In doing so, she clarifies the increasingly complicated, and increasingly important, link between the crafting of a literary career and the defining of a literary canon. A lively and compelling look at the making of four notable poetic careers, Career Moves helps us understand how modern American literature found its distinctive voice after World War II and how the business of writing has become ever more sophisticated.