Thursday, January 06, 2005

In Memory of Guy Davenport: 1927-2005

Lexington Herald Leader Remembrance

University of Kentucky Remembrance

“If the language of fiction is to be of any lasting use . . . it must struggle to define—and, in so doing, attain—moments of liberty. Davenport has succeeded in that regard, finding new ways to dramatize one, suggestive question: What if we were free? In their language and form, their intelligence and art, his stories remain some of our most eloquent, individual, and lasting answers to that inexhaustible question.”

—Harper’s Magazine

When Guy Davenport looks at the world, the world changes, sometimes just a little and sometimes a lot. And no reader is the same after reading his or her first Davenport essay or story. He is a writer perfectly described by the term “singular,” and in praising his work, from fiction to poetry, from translations to essays, critics all over the world have noted his unique manner, his remarkable erudition, and his startling humor. He is the finely realized perfection of high modernism blended with an American sensibility as old as Emerson’s.

A blurb about his book The Death of Picasso

Elimae Interview

Guy Davenport's Heretical Fictions

The Life of the Mind

Review of Logia of Yeshua

Reviews of The Cardiff Team and The Hunter Gracchus

Chuck Ralston's Guy Davenport Site

A Form of Incomprehenison

An Introduction to Archilochus

When Novelists Become Cubists

Master Taxonomist (New Criterion)

Davenport Remembers Hugh Kenner

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