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In lieu of any other type of birthday gift...
...here's what I want between tonight and tomorrow: Amazon.com reviews on Lost Books and The Dishonesty of Dreams. If a) you have read one or both of these books and b) you have an Amazon.com account, please consider leaving a review. It doesn't matter how brief or lengthy; it doesn't matter how complimentary or critical. I'm aware that Amazon.com reviews are not necessarily the make-or-break-a-writer credentials in this world, but, nonetheless, they serve as a record of what readers think (and they also help potential new readers decide whether they're going to buy the books or not).

Birthday wishes are coming in on Facebook, for which I thank you! ♥

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Thank you very much! It's been a great (if exhausting, that much I'm feeling right now) birthday weekend...

Thank you so much *hugs*

*hugs back*

Thank you, and happy holidays!

Haha, that's a variant I've never seen!

Happy, happy birthday to you!

Not what you requested but still, a birthday greeting here.

Thanks once again *hugs* It is much appreciated.

My pleasure. Wishing and hoping for you good health and happiness for 2015.

ETA: Have you read, are you familiar with the poetry of Robert Penn Warren?

Love, C.

Edited at 2014-12-22 09:43 pm (UTC)

His name sounds familiar, so this may indicate that I encountered him long ago in high school? I can't immediately call any poems to mind, however.

Robert Penn Warren, along with his fellow southern agraianist / new criticism poets and writers dominated the American literary scene -- and the politics thereof -- from not long before WWI through the Civil Rights era, up until, finally, the institution of African American Studies and Women's Studies began the unseating of the revisionist perspective of U.S. history, the antebellum era and the Civil War, as well as Reconstruction, Jim Crow, etc.

That he was a true born southern boy, however, since he was an artist, doesn't change (unlike the pretender to historian status Shelby Foote) the fact that his work is infused with the perspective of our national history -- that of African Americans > whites, and his terror of confronting white supremacy as the principle plank of U.S. history. That last is what is interesting. But he's also a very good writer and poet, who did both fiction and poetry. Though my own opinion is that with the grand exception of All The King's Men, his novels really suck, and the longer we are from the era he wrote them, the more they suck. His poetry, however, I feel quite differently about.

And whether or not one can agree with his perspective on all this as a true born southerner, his readings of the entire history to his time of American fiction are enlightening and essential.

The best introduction to his poetry is Selected Poems: New and Old 1923-1966, for which he won many an award for literature, generally, and poetry, particularly.

His and his cronies' influence waned significantly, along with the significance of literature in particular, after history began revising the revision, and academia no longer, like the government, gave a damn about literature or the arts. Believe it or not, during the cold war, artists of all forms mattered to the U.S. and the arts and intellectuals for the first and last time got support from the nation.

Love, C.

Selected Poems: New and Old 1923-1966

I'm going to be looking for this now that I'm post-holidays with some money to burn. Thank you for the recommendation <3

Have a brilliant, stupendous birthday!

There was a friend's Hanukkah party to boot, so it was extra special :)

And one more happy birthday

A very happy birthday to youuuuuuuuu!

Re: And one more happy birthday

Ahhhh hello! Thank you so much, and happy holidays!

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