Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

A Correction and an Apology

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

A Correction and an Apology

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In the Summer 2006 issue of this journal, a group of six poems appeared under the name John Crowe Ransom (1888-1974), a major twentieth-century American poet. As we discovered during the winter season, following a series of letters to and from the literary executor of the Ransom estate, these poems were not in fact by the eminent poet himself but by his daughter, Helen Ransom Forman. Michigan Quarterly Review extends an apology to the author and her family, as well as to the readers of MQR. In the following pages we reprint the poems under the correct author's name.

As noted in the introduction to the poems in last year's issue, the poems were discovered, in typescript, by Ben Mazer, in the process of preparing for publication The Collected Poems of John Crowe Ransom, an edition in progress sponsored by Handsel Books, with the agreement of Ransom's literary executor, his granddaughter. That edition plans to bring together not only the work selected for book publication by Ransom himself during his lifetime but also fugitive poems from literary journals which he had not selected to reprint, as well as previously unpublished poems in his archives or the archives of his correspondents. …

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