These essays on writers, artists, filmmakers and the life of a poet provide insight into Ashbery's evolution as one of the major poets in English.
John Ashbery was born in Rochester, New York, in 1927. He is the author of twenty books of poetry. Widely honored, he is the recipient of the Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America, the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, all given for lifetime achievement. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages. He is Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College.