M.L. Rosenthal (1917-1996)

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Macha Louis Rosenthal (March 14, 1917 – July 21, 1996), known to friends as “Mac,” was born in Washington, DC and taught at New York University. Rosenthal was Director of NYU’s Poetics Institute, a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and a two-time Guggenheim Fellowship winner. He served as poetry editor for three journals: The Nation, The Humanist, and Present Tense. The author of numerous books of poems and poetry criticism, Rosenthal is perhaps best remembered as the editor of several popular poetry anthologies.

Poetry Collections by M. L. Rosenthal: Blue Boy on Skates (1964); Beyond Power: New Poems (1969); The View from the Peacock’s Tail (1972); She: A Sequence of Poems (1977); Poems 1964-1980 [New and Selected] (1981); As for Love: Poems & Translations (1987).

Selected Critical Works and Translations by M. L. Rosenthal: Exploring Poetry (with A. J. M. Smith); A Primer of Ezra Pound; The Modern Poets: A Critical Introduction; The New Poets: American and British Poetry Since World War II; Randall Jarrell; Poetry and the Common Life; Sailing into the Unknown: Yeats, Pound, and Eliot; The Modern Poetic Sequence: The Genius of Modern Poetry (with Sally M. Gall); The Poet’s Art; Our Life in Poetry: Selected Essays and Reviews; Running to Paradise; The Authentic Story of Pinocchio of Tuscany (from Carlo Collodi’s text).

Selected Works, Anthologies, and Literary Journal Issues Edited by M. L. Rosenthal: Selected Poems and Three Plays of William Butler Yeats (1966); The William Carlos Williams Reader (1966); The New Modern Poetry: British and American Poetry Since World War II (1967); Chief Modern Poets of Britain and America, Fifth Edition (with Gerald Dewitt Sanders and John Herbert Nelson, 1970); Ploughshares, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 1991. “Works-In-Progress” Issue.

Beltway Poetry Quarterly: http://www.beltwaypoetry.com/poetry/poets/names/rosenthal-m-l/

Submitted by Kim Roberts, January 2014


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