Harold Norse

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Harold Norse

Poet Maverick, Gay Laureate

Clemson University Press: Beat Studies

2022

February 1st, 2022

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Who was Harold Norse? Despite publishing over a dozen volumes of poetry between the early 1950s and the new millennium, until now, the Brooklyn-born Norse has been relegated to a footnote in accounts of twentieth century literary history. Harold Norse: Poet Maverick, Gay Laureate is the first collection of essays devoted to this enigmatic poet and visual artist. As this volume explores, Norse, who developed his craft while living in Europe during the 1950s and 1960s, is an important figure in the development of mid-twentieth century poetics. During the 1950s and 1960s, Norse was a notable figure in the plethora of little poetry magazines published in the USA and Europe through to skirmishes with respectability and acceptance (Penguin and City Lights). Norse is a key figure in the development of the cut-up process made famous by his friend, William S. Burroughs. His correspondence with his mentor, the poet William Carlos Williams, captures his poetic shifts from formalism to the development of his Brooklyn idiom, while his gripping autobiography, Memoirs of a Bastard Angel, documents his transatlantic networks of writers and artists, among them James Baldwin, Allen Ginsberg, and Charles Bukowski. And after returning to the US in the late 1960s, Norse emerged as leading figure in Gay Liberation poetry.

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A. Robert Lee retired as Professor in the English department at Nihon University, Tokyo, in 2011, having previously taught for three decades at the University of Kent, UK. He has held Visiting Professorships at Northwestern University, the University of Colorado, the University of New Mexico, and Berkeley. His more than 40 book publications include Multicultural American Literature: Comparative Black, Native, Latino/a and Asian American Fictions (2003), which won the American Book Award in 2004, and The Beats: Authorships, Legacies (2019). Douglas Field is senior lecturer in twentieth century American Literature at the University of Manchester. He is the author of two books on James Baldwin and the editor of two books by Jeff Nuttall. He is the co-founding editor of James Baldwin Review. His work has been published, amongst other places, in African American Review, English Literary History, and the Times Literary Supplement, where he is a regular contributor. He is writing a book on failure and the 1960s.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Acknowledgments
Prologue:
The Case for Harold Norse
            Jan Herman
Introduction
            A. Robert Lee and
Douglas Field
1 Harold Norse and the Perils of Literary Obscurity
            Erik Mortenson
2 The
Business of Poetry: Seeing and Hearing Harold Norse
            A. Robert Lee
3
Seen from A Distance:  The Individual
Talent of Harold Norse
            Fiona Paton
4
Harold Norse’s Friends
            Daniel Kane
5
Finding Hermes in the Old Stain: Norse’s Early Work
            Steven
Belletto
 
6 The
Memory of the Bastard Angel: Autobiographical Writing in Harold Norse
            Estíbaliz
Encarnación-Pinedo
              
7 Harold
Norse Under the Sign of William Carlos Williams
            Ronna
C. Johnson
 
8
Hidden History: Norse and Bukowski
            Kurt
Hemmer
 
9 Turning
the Blue Key: Harold Norse, William Burroughs, and the Infinite Early             Cut-up
            Chad
Weidner
 
10
Chance in the Void:  Cutting up Harold
Norse’s Beat Hotel
            Benjamin
J. Heal
 
11 Cut-ups and Comosgraphs: Harold Norse at Work in the Beat
Hotel 
            Tate
Swindell
 
12
Due Norse: On Forgetting and Remembering Harold Norse, and His Place in the         Queer Canon 
            Andrew
McMillan
 
13
Running with the Underdog: Harold Norse and the Mimeo Revolution
            Douglas
Field and Jay Jeff Jones
 
14
From Bastard to Angel: Harold Norse as Mentor and Publisher in 1970s San     Francisco
            Todd
Swindell  
 
Harold
Norse: Timeline
            Todd
Swindell
 
Afterword
            James
Grauerholz
 
List
of Contributors
 
Index