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Richard Howard: Criticism and Reviews

New York State Writers Institute has a biography and critical review on its web site.

Trappings is reviewed by Benjamin Ivry on the Boston Review Political and Literary Forum.

"The Art of Artifice" is a New York Times review by Langdon Hammer of Howard's book Trappings.

"Art Meets Life Meets Art" is a review by Melanie Rehak of Howard's collection Trappings on salon.com.

Additional criticism and review of Richard Howard's works can be found at your local public library.

The following reviews can be accessed online only by an individual who has a current library card through this address.

Talking Cures: New Poems.
Review by Daniel L. Guillory.
Library Journal, December 2002 v127 i20 p134(1).

"Ever since the publication of Untitled Subjects, which won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry in 1970, and Alone with America, a monumental critical study, Howard has been a central figure on the poetry scene. Here he returns to his favored form of…"

Talking Cures: New Poems.
Review by Donna Seaman.
Booklist, November 15, 2002 v99 i6 p564(1).

"Poet, translator, critic, and Pulitzer Prize winner Howard is adept at dramatic monologues, a versatile form he employs in his newest collection as a talking cure, a mischievous approach to self-analysis. Howard's narrators, famous and imaginary, do experience…"

Review by Ned Balbo.
The Antioch Review, Summer 2000 v58 i3 p380.

"That Howard continues to write poems of dazzling virtuosity should come as no surprise; beyond skill and erudition, however, Trappings, his eleventh collection, brims with…"

Review by Tim Liu.
Lambda Book Report, October 1999 v8 i3 p23.

"In his new collection Trappings, Richard Howard veers away from the elegiac tone of his last book Like Most Revelations -- a National Book Award Finalist -- and rather fearlessly confronts…"

Review by Ray Olson.
Booklist, September 1, 1999 v96 i1 p59

"Rural and even hickish, Budbill constructs his own loose, prosy poetic forms. Citified, urbane Howard adapts classic stanzas, especially sapphics and rhyme royal. Yet both are traditionalists in their new collections…"

Publishers Weekly, August 30, 1999 v246 i35 p77.

"This first collection in five years from the renowned translator (Gide, Baudelaire, Barthes, etc.), editor, critic and homme de lettres et bons mots, frolics among chatty, artsy figures sardonic enough to laugh at themselves without losing their urbane sense of control. As usual, Howard's consistent -- perhaps insistent -- attention to…"

Like Most Revelations.
Review by Robert Boyers.
The New Republic, March 27, 1995 v212 n13 p39(3).

"To many of his contemporaries, Richard Howard has seemed at once the most resourceful and the most mandarin of poets, alternately compelling and forbidding, arch and confiding. His work has inspired…"

Like Most Revelations.
Review by William Pratt.
World Literature Today, Autumn 1994 v68 n4 p816(2).

"There is a subtlety about Richard Howard's poetry that leads the reader in, then leads him on, only to disquiet him in the end. The words are so cunning they arouse…"

Like Most Revelations.
Review by David Bergman.
Lambda Book Report, September-October 1994 v4 n6 p33(1).

"For Richard Howard nothing proves God's absence more than history's failure of taste and its taste for failure. Thus Howard's revelations are not those instantaneous, blinding insights of divine truth, but…"

Like Most Revelations.
Publishers Weekly, February 28, 1994 v241 n9 p79(1).

"Perhaps only after some deliberation may readers determine the most dazzling side of Howard's (No Traveller) newest book, choosing from between…"

"'Prince' and the Revolution."
Review by Judy Quinn.
Publishers Weekly, March 13, 2000 v247 i11 p26.

"… Howard, whose recent new translation of Stendhal's The Charterhouse of Parma was a sleeper hit for Modern Library, returned to Saint-Exupéry's original French manuscript (of The Little Prince) and created a new English version he believes is 'much more faithful to the original.' The big difference, he said, is in…"

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