Muthologos: Charles Olson Lectures and Interviews

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Softcover, 494 pages

Edited by Ralph Maud

© 2010 by Ralph Maud; Works by Charles Olson are © The Estate of Charles Olson and © The University of Connecticut Libraries

Charles Olson once defined “Muthologos” as “what is said about what is said,” which encompasses a breadth of discourse that would define the near and far range of where the poet’s mind went in a lifetime’s intent to go laces. In this new compilation of Olson’s transcribed lectures and interviews, we finally get all of what is preserved off a life of talk, allowing Muthologos to stand, along with The Maximus Poems,Collected Poems, Collected Prose, and Selected Letters  as one of the “standard texts” of this great poet’s oeuvre.

Ralph Maud’s second edition of Muthologos, some thirty tears after George Butterick’s first, adds several new items: “At Goddard College, April 1962”; a second Vancouver 1963 discussion, “Duende, Muse, and Angel”; a short addition to the “BBC Interview”; a second “On Black Mountain”; a further hour of Olson’s conversation with Herb Kenny; and a previously unavailable CBC interview. In addition, all the available tapes of these talks and interviews have been listened to again, and many of their previous transcription errors have been corrected.

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