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Beside the Shadblow Tree
Hayden Carruth
$14.00 paperback
978-1-55659-099-3
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Beside the Shadblow Tree
A Memoir of James Laughlin
Hayden Carruth

It is impossible to imagine what American poetry in the twentieth century might look like without the magnanimity of the late James Laughlin, poet and publisher of New Directions. The list of authors first discovered, nurtured and championed by Laughlin is breathtaking: Nabokov, Pound, Tennessee Williams, Henry Miller, Dylan Thomas and William Carlos Williams. The list goes on remarkably. Among Laughlin's closest friends was poet Hayden Carruth, who served as author, editor, clerk, and typist for New Directions, and as "poetry doctor" for Laughlin himself. This utterly candid memoir chronicles the complex friendship between these two influential literary figures.

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For Beside the Shadblow Tree, Hayden Carruth

"A merciful antidote to the rash of 'memoirs' that have been besetting the publishing industry. Cranky, funny, and gracefully written, this is a revealing look at Laughlin."—San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

"There may be another such book that recounts a literary friendship in such depth and candor, but I do not know of one. Carruth is a fine poet, and this book will be of great interest to anyone who cares for his work."—Agni

"Carruth's engaging humility makes Beside the Shadblow Tree a treat."—Publishers Weekly

"An essential, beautiful, and moving document."Booklist

"Besides being a renowned poet, Carruth is a top-drawer storyteller."—Library Journal

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