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Wrong

A Critical Biography of Dennis Cooper

Diarmuid Hester (author)

ISBN: 9781609386917

Publication Date: Jul 2020

Format: Paperback

A lively retrospective appraisal of Dennis Cooper's fifty-year career, Wrong tracks the emergence of Cooper's singular style alongside his participation in a number of American subcultural movements like New York School poetry, punk rock, and radical queercore music and zines.
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Dennis Cooper is one of the most inventive and prolific artists of our time. Working in a variety of forms and media since he first exploded onto the scene in the early 1970s, he has been a punk poet, a queercore novelist, a transgressive blogger, an indie filmmaker - each successive incarnation more ingenious and surprising than the last. Cooper's unflinching determination to probe the obscure, often violent recesses of the human psyche have seen him compared with literary outlaws like Rimbaud, Genet, and the Marquis de Sade.

In this, the first book-length study of Cooper's life and work, Diarmuid Hester shows that such comparisons hardly scratch the surface. A lively retrospective appraisal of Cooper's fifty-year career, Wrong tracks the emergence of Cooper's singular style alongside his participation in a number of American subcultural movements like New York School poetry, punk rock, and radical queercore music and zines. Using extensive archival research, close readings of texts, and new interviews with Cooper and his contemporaries, Hester weaves a complex and often thrilling biographical narrative that attests to Cooper's status as a leading figure of the American post War avant-garde.

Illustrations 17 black & white photos
Pages 320
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jul 2020
Publisher University of Iowa Press
Series New American Canon
Subject/s Literature: history & criticism   Literary studies: poetry & poets   Literary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writers   Biography & True Stories  
Diarmuid Hester is a Leverhulme Early Career fellow in English at the University of Cambridge and a college research associate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His writing has appeared in American LiteratureGLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, the Journal of American StudiesCritical Quarterly, the Los Angeles Review of Books3:AM Magazinegorse, and elsewhere. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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