Some Necessary Angels

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Some Necessary Angels

Essays on Writing and Politics

By Jay Parini

Columbia University Press, Hardcover, 9780231110709, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 20, 1998


Distinguished poet and novelist Jay Parini presents some of his best essays--both classic and unpublished works--on topics ranging from baseball to Frost and Emerson to the culture of creative writing. For aspiring writers, Some Necessary Angels is an illuminating glimpse into the workshop of a distinguished novelist and critic. For readers who share Parini's love of language, it is an invigorating expression of faith.

About the Author
Jay Parini is Axinn Professor of English at Middlebury College. A former Guggenheim Fellow and visiting fellow at Christ Church College, Oxford, Parini has published four volumes of poetry, five novels (including "The Last Station" and "Benjamin's Crossing"), a critical study of Theodore Roethke, and biographies of John Steinbeck and Robert Frost. The latter won the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award for the best work of nonfiction in 1999. He has also edited numerous volumes, including "The Norton Anthology of American Autobiography, The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry, " and "The Columbia History of American Poetry."