Edward Dahlberg

Herbie Butterfield (University of Essex)
Download PDF Add to Bookshelf Report an Error

In June 1968, the magazine

Book World

placed Edward Dahlberg at the head of its list of “the ten most neglected American writers”, albeit that during the preceding decade he had published almost a book a year. Yet in that same month, Jonathan Williams was preparing a


for the author's forthcoming 70th birthday to which no less than 60 poets, novelists, and literary critics would present celebratory essays, tributes, and poems dedicated to Dahlberg. Such a contrast between general public neglect and informed minority esteem continues to this day. In authoritative, panoramic literary histories he may still be mentioned briefly if at all, whilst to his numerous scattered partisans he remains one of the great American writers of the twentieth century.

Dahlberg was born in

1881 words

Citation: Butterfield, Herbie. "Edward Dahlberg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 July 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=1119, accessed 29 May 2024.]

1119 Edward Dahlberg 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.