Charles Olson

Charles Olson, 1910–70, American critic and poet, b. Worcester, Mass., grad. Harvard (B.A., 1932; M.A., 1933). His literary reputation was established with Call Me Ishmael (1947), a study of the influence of Shakespeare and other writers on Melville's Moby-Dick. Later he became noted as a poet. Olson wrote what he called "projective," or open, verse, a perception-based approach to poetry in which form is derived from content and the poem projects energy from the world that led to its creation to the reader. His works include The Maximus Poems (1960–75, unfinished), Casual Mythology (1969), and Poetry and Truth (1971). Olson taught at Black Mountain College (1948–56) and was rector (1951–56) there.

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Charles Olson: Selected full-text books and articles

Call Me Ishmael By Charles Olson Reynal & Hitchcock, 1947
The New Anthology of American Poetry By Steven Gould Axelrod; Camille Roman; Thomas Travisano Rutgers University Press, vol.3, 2012
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Selected Letters By Charles Olson; Ralph Maud University of California Press, 2000
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Charles Olson and Alfred North Whitehead: An Essay on Poetry By Shahar Bram; Batya Stein Bucknell University Press, 2004
The Fire: Collected Essays of Robin Blaser By Robin Blaser; Miriam Nichols University of California Press, 2006
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At the Boundary of the Mighty World: Charles Olson and Hesiod By Carlson, Gary Grieve Mosaic (Winnipeg), Vol. 47, No. 4, December 2014
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Art as Experience: A Deweyan Background to Charles Olson's Esthetics By Fredman, Stephen Journal of Philosophy: A Cross Disciplinary Inquiry, Vol. 6, No. 13, Fall 2010
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