Good Read: The Anthologist by Nicholson Baker
The Anthologist is a novel about poetry by Nicholson Baker which was first published in 2009. Its protagonist is Paul Chowder, a poet with a commission to prepare and edit an anthology of poetry, Only Rhyme. The novel shows his life, his thoughts, aspirations and struggles with writer’s block. Nicholson Baker was born in 1957 and attended the Eastman School of Music and Haverford College. He is the author of seven novels, including Vox and The Mezzanine, and three previous works of nonfiction, including Double Fold, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 2001.
Angela Hatton says:
“If you’ve ever had writer’s block, you’ll be able to relate to Paul Chowder. An accomplished poet, Chowder can’t seem to finish the introduction to his new anthology of rhyming poetry. He isn’t even sure he wants to be a poet anymore. Part diary, part manifesto, Baker brings us an intimate and funny look at an artist’s mid-life crisis. You’ll probably learn a few things about form and verse along the way too.”
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