Theodore Russell Weiss
2400 W Chew St, Allentown, PA 18104, United States
In 1938 Theodore Russell Weiss received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College.
New York, NY 10027, United States
In 1940 Theodore Russell Weiss earned his Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.
(One of 500 signed and numbered copies bound in the publis...)
One of 500 signed and numbered copies bound in the publisher's original black cloth over boards, white spine label stamped in black. Dust jacket is rubbed at the edges with small chips at the extremities. Signed by the author on the limitations page.
(Connected by the pervasive theme of the havoc and overwhe...)
Connected by the pervasive theme of the havoc and overwhelmingness of life in our modern age, the poems explore the shock and alienation of the here and now - the hectic rush of our days forming a blurred continuum that does not permit us to ponder the terrors and outrages that befall us.
(These essays by the poet and critic Theodore Weiss explor...)
These essays by the poet and critic Theodore Weiss explore a problem already powerful in Lucretius, conspicuous with Shakespeare, and more than ever a concern for modern writers - the place; and price of poetry in a prose-minded world.
(The title of Theodore Weiss's thirteenth book of poetry, ...)
The title of Theodore Weiss's thirteenth book of poetry, A Sum of Destructions, expresses the paradox that informs the collection. Our lives inevitably sustain losses small and large. The more given, the more losable. However, we experience our gifts perhaps best, certainly most poignantly, in their loss. Against the backdrop of destruction, these poems propose the grand total to which our gifts add up. "Fractions" directly reflects the volume's theme. Emphasizing the root of its title - fracture, brokenness - the poem at the same time celebrates the recovery we can enjoy - through feeling, thoughts, words - of things broken or lost. With ardent cadence of thought and word, Weiss explores the human and natural conditions. Attending to his own moods, feelings, and ideas, he also confronts the predicaments of others in their search for basic identity. Language itself - its resources, private lights, and profound interplay with our lives - no less engages him. He witnesses our reliance on that language as well as the frustrations and confusions in which it often embroils us. Through a voice filled with awe, a summation of our lives, however fragile, is Weiss's gift to us.
In 1938 Theodore Russell Weiss received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Muhlenberg College. In 1940 he earned his Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.
In 1941 Theodore Russell Weiss was an instructor in English at the University of Maryland. From 1942 to 1944 he worked as an instructor in English at the University of North Carolina. From 1944 to 1946 Weiss worked as an instructor in English at Yale University. In 1946, he was appointed a professor of English at Bard College, where he taught until 1966.
From 1961 to 1962 he was a visiting professor of poetry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He came to Princeton University in 1966 as a poet-in-residence. He was appointed professor of English and creative writing at Princeton in 1968 and in 1977 was named the William and Anne S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature. He retired from the University in 1987 but continued to publish poems, articles, and the QRL Poetry Book Series.
In addition to teaching, Weiss ran the Quarterly Review of Literature with his wife from 1943 until they decided to cease the journal’s publication in 2000. During its run, it was widely viewed as an important literary periodical and was notable for publishing the poetry of writers such as E. E. Cummings and Ezra Pound and regenerating interest in poets who had fallen into neglect by the academic community.
As for his own writing, Weiss penned a number of poetry collections, including Gunsight (1962), The World before Us: Poems 1950-1970 (1970), A Slow Fuse: New Poems (1984), and Selected Poems (1995), as well as writing and editing essay collections and literary studies and criticism.
Weiss was the focus of the documentary "Living Poetry: A Year in the Life of a Poem," made by Harvey Edwards in 1987. It traced the creation and revision of "Fractions," one of Mr. Weiss' works. After the poem was revised further in 1995, Edwards made a sequel to the film.
(Connected by the pervasive theme of the havoc and overwhe...)1976
(These essays by the poet and critic Theodore Weiss explor...)1982
(One of 500 signed and numbered copies bound in the publis...)1962
(The title of Theodore Weiss's thirteenth book of poetry, ...)1994
On July 6, 1941, Theodore Russell Weiss married Renée Karol.