David Yezzi - himself a renowned poet and critic - reveals the depths that informed the meticulous surfaces of Hecht's poems. Born to a wealthy German-Jewish family in Manhattan, Hecht saw his father lose nearly everything during the stock market crash of 1929. He grew into an accomplished athlete, actor, writer, and eventually a soldier in the crucible that consumed the world. Returning from the war, Hecht struggled to reconcile what he had witnessed and experienced, suffering from mental illness that required hospitalisation. But he found the means to channel his emotions into poetry of lasting meaning, control, and depth; along with Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Theodore Roethke, and Elizabeth Bishop, Hecht remains a vital presence in letters. Published on his centenary, and to coincide with an edition of his collected poems, this book is the definitive, dramatic biography of a uniquely-gifted writer.
Late Romance Anthony Hecht, a Poet's Life
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