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Robert Lowell and Stanley Kunitz Read and Discuss Poetry

Year: 1963, 28 mins
Code: CAT-Rob

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Two of America's leading poets - Robert Lowell (1917 - 1977) and Stanley Kunitz (1905 - 2006) - read from their works and discuss poetry.

This conversation was recorded when both men, Pulitzer Prize winners, were at the height of their careers. They consider their personal and career lives, their beginnings as writers, their studies, influences, and passions, and their expectations as poets. They also reflect on their different backgrounds: Lowell as scion of a famous old New England family, Kunitz the son of immigrant parents.

Each reads a few favorite poems and parts of poems, and each comments on the other's work.

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