This volume gathers twenty-four essays by the English critic Kenneth Cox (1916-2005)
on various writers, including James Joyce, Ezra Pound, Basil Bunting,
Louis Zukofsky, and Lorine Niedecker. In each case, Cox's exposition proves rigorous idiosyncratic, drily passionate, and full of keen insights. Always, he proceeds with an "emphasis on literature as the art of language."
"A is one of the mid-century epics which, like Finnegans Wake,
Paterson and The Anathemata, stands comparison to The Cantos. It
is less adventurous but more reflective and at the centre more
certain: though amongst strangers its Odysseus does not wander."
— K E N N E T H C O X