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After Completion: The Later Letters of Charles Olson and Frances Boldereff
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Edited by Sharon Thesen and Ralph Maud
Softcover, 293 pages.
Modern American poet Charles Olson had many correspondences over the years, but Frances Boldereff, a book designer and typographer, scholar, and single working mother, embodied a dynamic complexity of interlocutor, muse, Sybil, lover, critic and amanuensis.
The correspondence taken as a whole presents a passionate relationship realized mostly in letters—letters that were to become essential to Olson’s working out of his poetics. Boldereff’s interventions, which provoked Olson to articulate a projectivist poetics, claims for Frances Boldereff an incalculable effect on twentieth-century poetry
Copyright 2014, Sharon Thesen, Ralph Maud, Charles Olson, the University of Connecticut Libraries, Frances Boldereff, and Lucinda Wilner.