By Louisa May Alcott

ISBN-10: 069817092X

ISBN-13: 9780698170926

One of 5 loved Christmas classics
 
A Merry Christmas collects the precious vacation stories of Louisa may perhaps Alcott, from the dearly standard xmas benevolence of Marmee and her “little women” to the undying “What Love Can Do,” in which the citizens of a boarding apartment come jointly to make a beautiful Christmas for 2 negative women. Wildly well known on the time in their publication—readers deluged Alcott with letters tough sequels—and drawing on Alcott’s relations and stories within the abolitionist and women’s suffrage events, those tales have the actual texture and element of Christmas in nineteenth-century the US, whereas their emphasis on generosity and charity lead them to undying embodiments of the Christmas spirit.

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As Reva Wolf observes, the insider quality of Baraka’s journal meant that it served as “an agent of communication within a circumscribed community” (Andy, 38). This dimension of avant-garde activity leads Daniel Kane to suggest 32 Beautiful Enemies that the “little magazine” became “a way to promote actual friendships”: “Like their dada, surrealist, and modernist predecessors, mimeographed and small-circulation magazines coming out of the Lower East Side were documents designed for friends as well as vehicles for making new friends” (All, 63–64).

The first two chapters of this study examine these two contexts in order to provide a fuller theoretical and cultural background for understanding these poets and the role of friendship in postwar poetry. The subsequent chapters investigate how three representative poets, O’Hara, Ashbery, and Baraka, mobilize their poetry in quite different ways to dramatize and hash out the problems of individualism, friendship, and the demands and drawbacks of participating in the avantgarde. Although numerous other poets sound variations on these themes, I feel these poets offer some of the most nuanced, influential, and lasting poetic articulations of its problems.

What becomes of our ethical obligations to others? Can you work toward a collective social good, imagine a community, or enact a politics? Introduction 25 By helping us think through such questions, the poets at the center of Beautiful Enemies highlight the ramifications, both good and ill, personal and social, of the profoundly American exaltation of process and movement and its seeming incompatibility with bedrock ideals of friendship and democratic community. It may be the case that, as poet Ann Lauterbach has observed, “the American notion of possibility was founded on an ideal of mobility and transition,” but, as we will see, O’Hara, Ashbery, and Baraka confront the blend of exhilaration and crisis built into this unsettling view of the world (101).

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