Annotations for Common Man


Baker & Taylor
A fourth collection by the award-winning author of Lawrence Booth's Book of Visions is a series of ballad-like narratives that celebrates the Kentucky mountain country of his youth and the hidden complexities of everyday people and experiences.

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Baker & Taylor
The poet offers a series of narratives celebrating the Kentucky mountain country of his youth and the hidden complexities of everyday people and experiences.

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Houghton
The Common Man, Maurice Manning's fourth collection, is a series of ballad-like narratives, set down in loose, unrhymed iambic tetrameter.


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Houghton

The Common Man, Maurice Manning's fourth collection, is a series of ballad-like narratives, set down in loose, unrhymed iambic tetrameter, that honors the strange beauty of the Kentucky mountain country he knew as a child, as well as the idiosyncratic adventures and personalities of the oldtimers who were his neighbors, friends, and family. Playing off the book's title, Manning demonstrates that no one is common or simple. Instead, he creates a detailed, complex, and poignant portrait--by turns serious and hilarious, philosophical and speculative, but ultimately tragic--of a fast-disappearing aspect of American culture. The Common Man's accessibility and its enthusiastic and sincere charms make it the perfect antidote to the glib ironies that characterize much contemporary American verse. It will also help to strengthen Manning's reputation as one of his generation's most important and original voices.



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