Proofs and Theories
Publication Date: December 1995
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Winner of the 1993 PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Non-Fiction, Proofs and Theories is an illuminating collection of essays by Louise Gluck, whose most recent book of poems, The Wild Iris, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Gluck brings to her prose the same precision of language, the same incisiveness and insight that distinguish her poetry. The force of her thought is evident everywhere in these essays, from her explorations of other poets' work to her skeptical contemplation of current literary critical notions such as "sincerety" and "courage." Here also are Gluck's revealing reflections on her own education and life as a poet, and a tribute to her teacher and mentor, Stanley Kunitz. Proofs and Theories is the testament of a major poet.
Louise Gluck is the author of more than a dozen books of poems and a collection of essays. Her many awards include the Pulitzer Prize for "The Wild Iris", the National Book Critics Circle Award for "The Triumph of Achilles", the Bollingen Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for "Poems: 1962-2012", and the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at Yale University and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.