Blackmur, R. P.

Blackmur, R. P. (Richard Palmer)

(1904–65) literary critic, poet; born in Springfield, Mass. Self-educated, he became a prominent 1920s–1930s New Critic of modern literature, later writing involuted and difficult essays on critical theory. He also published three volumes of poems.
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