A Durable Fire

"Literature is news that stays news."
—Ezra Pound

George Garrett is a man of letters—a member of a diminishing breed that may soon vanish. For well over three decades he has regularly published poetry, criticism, and fiction long and short; he has also written screenplays and memoirs, and explored still other modes. This very facility as a writer of poetry and prose has somehow prevented him from receiving sustained attention and consequent rewards from the critical establishment in this country, especially the East, that he has deserved for a long while. This is not to say that Garrett has been ignored, for that is not the case. He was honored with the 1989 T.S. Eliot Award from The Ingersoll Foundation, and other prizes have come his way. But on the whole he has not received his due as a writer, nor has he been sufficiently recognized for his manifold and profound service to the Republic of Letters, a service that extends beyond what he has written to the people he has taught and others he helped, the many books he has edited, the dozens of projects he has nurtured.

Perhaps with the publication of Entered From the Sun this sad state of affairs will be altered to the good. Certainly Garrett has carried out his responsibility to his craft and to the reading public and has earned the praise that this novel is beginning to receive and that it richly...

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