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Syracuse University Press
296 pages Review
Masterful job of bringing Seymour Krim back on stage for this triumphant curtain call. -- <em>Tablet Magazine</em>
Syracuse University Press
296 pages
Product Description
In 1961, Beat writer Seymour Krim set Greenwich Village on its ear with a slim volume of essays that featured an unleashed voice, a brash title, and a foreword by Norman Mailer. James Baldwin called <i>Views of a Nearsighted Cannoneer</i> an "extraordinary volume." Saul Bellow published an excerpt in his journal, <i>The Noble Savage</i>, and Mailer saluted Krim's jazzy prose with its "shifts and shatterings" of mood. <br><br> Despite such praise and critical attention, Krim's work is excluded from most Beat anthologies and is little known outside literary circles. With <i>Missing a Beat</i>, a collection of eighteen essays by Krim published between 1957 and 1988, Cohen introduces this influential writer to a new generation. <br><br>In the <i>Village Voice</i>, <i>New York Magazine</i>, <i>New York Times</i>, and elsewhere, Krim pioneered a new style of subjective and personal reporting to write about the postwar American scene from a Jewish angle. Aggressively unacademic, Krim's journalism displays the rapid, nervous, breathless tempo that is a hallmark of Jewish American literature. <br><br>Krim outlived his early literary fame, but he produced an impressive body of work and was a tremendous prose stylist. <i>Missing a Beat</i> resurrects an American original, finding Krim a new literary home among such celebrated writers as Norman Mailer, David Mamet, and Saul Bellow.