The Grove of the Eumenides: Essays on Literature, Criticism, and Culture

The Grove of the EumenidesEarthrise Press, 2007. 340 pages. Hardcover, ebook editions. New Preface and Cover (April 2015). ISBN-13: 9780967042183. ISBN-10: 0967042186. eISBN: 9780982677841. For a hardcover copy with the new preface and cover, buy through Barnes & Noble or Earthrise Press.

Twenty years in the making, The Grove of the Eumenides invokes a global vision beyond the prevailing postmodern conceptions of life and literature that have become firmly entrenched in contemporary world culture.

East and West meet in a new synthesis of a global vision of humankind ranging over classic literature, ancient and modern, both Western and non-Western, from the dilemmas of modernity in Yeats, Eliot, Milosz, Bellow, Dostoevsky, to Lu Xun, Ryuichi Tamura, Kenzaburo Oe, Naguib Mahfouz, R. K. Narayan, among others, from mimesis and deconstruction to the United Nations, with extensive essays on Chinese, Japanese, and South-Asian literature.

Clearly the work of a poet-critic attempting to embrace a larger portion of human experience than the personal postmodern self, The Grove of the Eumenides reaches toward an epic vision of the twenty-first century. All the muck and glory of American and international experience and history mix in the complex tension of a mind struggling with itself and its Age. Acutely perceptive of the spiritual and moral nuances of literature, criticism, and culture, Glaysher confronts the loss of religious faith in the modern world and breaks through to a vision of the unity of the human longing for transcendence.

Much of The Grove of the Eumenides forms the background study for Glaysher's epic poem, The Parliament of Poets, which he discusses in a new 2015 Preface.

From New Preface, (April 2015):

"All the essays in The Grove of the Eumenides were written after 1982 when I wrote my first draft of a plot outline for my epic poem The Parliament of Poets. These essays constitute and record my background study, as it were, over a period of more than twenty years, leading up to their publication in 2007...."


"Poet Frederick Glaysher in these essays comments on a variety of literary and social issues, ranging from the plays of Sophocles, and the major works of Japanese literature, to the loss of religion and spirituality in modern society and literature." —“New Titles Elected for Essay and General Literature Index,” September 2007, H. W. Wilson Co.

"Intriguing because I stop and think about his arguments. What is the role of the universal, of epic poetry, and how has postmodernism dealt with mimesis? Scholarly, well-substantiated arguments, with a wealth of materials that challenge precepts you might have about the "value" of a writer/writing/cultural contributions." —Kitty Jospe, Goodreads

The New York Review of Books



The Function of Criticism  

Meditations in an Old Barn

The American Journey into the Land of Ulro

Postmodern American Poets: Debauchees of Dew


Poetry in the Nuclear Age  

Yeats’s "Vision of Evil"

T. S. Eliot and "The Horror! The Horror!"

At the Dark Tower [Robert Browning]

Sophocles and the Plague of Modernity

Czeslaw Milosz’s Mythic Catholicism

Saul Bellow’s Soul

The Dialectic of Chinese Literature

Japan’s Floating Bridge of Dreams

India’s Kali Yuga

Robert Hayden in the Morning Time

Isaac and Peter: [Isaac Bashevis Singer and Walker Percy]

The Victory of World Governance  



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