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Lines from London Terrace

Essays and Addresses

Crase is that rare figure in American letters: a subversive who challenges the received wisdom promulgated in English and American literature departments from sea to shining sea.

— John Yau, Hyperallergic

  • includes an early introduction of the author’s friend John Ashbery
  • a memoir of the author’s friendship with James Schuyler, judged “the best single essay on Schuyler I know” by Richard Howard in the New York Times
  • a revisionist history of the New York School (“fine and gossipy,” wrote Peter Schjeldahl in the New Yorker)
  • an outsider’s introduction to Emerson written originally for the Library of America
  • a long essay on Niedecker and the evolutional sublime (“magisterial” according to Barry Schwabsky at Hyperallergic, “marvelous” notes Laura Sims at Coldfront)
  • and an afterword to the poems of Donald Britton described by Kevin Killian as “a beautiful portrait of Britton as a prism for his time” and by Schwabsky at Hyperallergic as “a fiercely searching critical overview of the New York poetry world of the 1980s.”