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Collected Poems

by Robert Hayden Author · Frederick Glaysher Editor


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An exquisite body of work celebrating the centennial of one of the most important African-American poets of the twentieth century.Robert Hayden was one of the most important American poets of the twentieth century. He left behind an exquisite body of work, collected in this definitive edition, including A Ballad of Remembrance, Words in the Mourning Time, The Night-Blooming Cereus, Angle of Ascent, and American Journal, which was nominated for a National Book Award. Also included is an introduction by American poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, as well as an afterword by Arnold Rampersad that provides a critical and historical context. In Hayden's work the actualities of history and culture became the launching places for flights of imagination and intelligence. His voice—characterized by musical diction and an exquisite feeling for the formality of pattern—is a seminal one in American life and literature.

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Arnold Rampersad (Author of afterword, colophon, etc.)

Arnold Rampersad (Ph.D. Harvard) is the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He is co-editor (with Deborah E. McDowell) of Slavery and the Literary Imagination, and editor of the definitive Collected Poe...

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Robert Hayden (Author)

Robert Hayden received numerous awards including a Hopwood Award, the Grand Prize for Poetry at the First World Festival of Negro Arts, and the Russell Loines Award for distinguished poetic achievement from the National Institute of Arts and Lette...

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Frederick Glaysher (Editor)

Frederick Glaysher studied writing under a private tutorial with Robert Hayden at the University of Michigan, from which he holds a bachelor's and a master's degree, the latter in English. The author and editor of several works, he edited Hayden's...

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Reginald Dwayne Betts (Author of introduction, etc.)

A poet, essayist and national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice, Reginald Dwayne Betts writes and lectures about the impact of mass incarceration on American society. He is the author of three collections of poetry, Felon, Bastards o...

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Author of afterword, colophon, etc. :
Arnold Rampersad
Author :
Robert Hayden
Editor :
Frederick Glaysher
Author of introduction, etc. :
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Collected Poems
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