Two UIP titles are now available in paperback editions.
Called by Kenneth Rexroth “the most subtly skillful poet of her generation,” British-born Denise Levertov authored twenty-four volumes of poetry, four books of essays, and several translations before being nominated as America’s poet laureate before her death in 1997. This illuminating biography examines Levertov’s interviews, essays, and self-revelatory poetry to set her oeuvre within the framework of a tumultuous life lived vividly, passionately, and on a grand scale. Biographer Dana Greene lays bare the conflicts and torments the poet both endured and created in her personal relationships while following the creative arc of Levertov’s work from the dreamy lyricism of the early period to the luminous religious poetry of her last years.
The hardcover edition of Denise Levertov, A Poet’s Life was an Honorable Mention in the Biography category for the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Awards.
Blackness in Opera examines the intersections of race and music in the multifaceted genre of opera. A diverse cross-section of scholars places well-known operas including Porgy and Bess, Aida and Treemonisha, alongside lesser-known works .
Contributors are Naomi André, Melinda Boyd, Gwynne Kuhner Brown, Karen M. Bryan, Melissa J. de Graaf, Christopher R. Gauthier, Jennifer McFarlane-Harris, Gayle Murchison, Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., Eric Saylor, Sarah Schmalenberger, Ann Sears, George Shirley, and Jonathan O. Wipplinger.
In addition to essays by scholars, the book also features reflections by renowned American tenor George Shirley.