No need to be paranoid, as long you are not a successful, prolific and decorated writer! With the most recent revelations that more contemporary authors have been thoroughly monitored by Big Brother and his many appendages, what will future declassifications and Freedom of Information Act requests reveal? We now know that National Book Award winner William T. Vollmann was once suspected of being the “Unabomber” and the late king of the small presses Charles Bukowski had a considerable FBI dossier due to his self-proclaimed status as a “dirty old man.” We have compiled a list including poets, playwrights and Nobel Laureates all who produced work worthy of secret surveillance. “So much in a revolution is nothing but waiting,” writes Sinclair Lewis, but don’t wait to revisit these “subversive” wordsmiths.
A generously sympathetic and artistically astute account of one poet by another, the author also of a biography of John Berryman (Dreamsong, 1990). Openly building on Ian Hamilton's 1982 biography of Lowell, Mariani has been able to draw on newly available sources: his own interviews and Lowell's correspondences with, among others, Elizabeth Bishop, George Santayana, Mary McCarthy, Adrienne Rich, and Randall Jarrell.Read full book review >