Critical Essays on American LiteratureJames Nagel, Series Editor, University of GeorgiaG. K. Halls three series of critical essays give comprehensive coverage of major authors worldwide and throughout history. The full range of literary traditions and schools is represented. Each new volume is carefully conceived and developed to fill a gap in the literary criticism available today.Volume editors are established authorities on the lives, works, and critical receptions of their subjects. They are uniquely qualified to ensure the spectrum of critical controversies, trends, and techniques inspired by their subjects in their own countries and abroad, in their own eras and today.Each volume features:an introduction which provides the reader with a lucid overview of criticism from its beginningsilluminating controversies, evaluating approaches, and sorting out the schools of thought the most influential reviews and the best of reprinted scholarly essaysa section devoted exclusively to reviews and reactions by the subjects contemporariesoriginal essays, new translations, and revisions commissioned especially for the seriespreviously unpublished materialssuch as interviews, lost letters, and manuscript fragments a bibliography of the subjects writings and interviews a name and subject indexThis is the first collection of reviews and essays to appear on this major contemporary poet in twelve years. The volume opens with an historic overview of Ammons and the critical response to his work, which began in 1956 with his first book Ommateum . The book continues through Ammonss Garbage, which won the National Book Award in 1994, and also contains two important interviews with Ammons centering on the importance of myth and religion in his life and on his relation to the American South, where he was born. Critical Essays on A.R. Ammons makes accessible in one volume the best commentary currently available on this postmodern American, transcendentalist myth-maker.