WRONG

University of Iowa Press, June 2020

Working in a variety of forms and media since he first exploded onto the scene in the early 1970s, Dennis Cooper has been a punk poet, a queercore novelist, a transgressive blogger, an indie filmmaker – each successive incarnation more ingenious and surprising than the last. Using extensive archival research, close readings of texts, and new interviews with Cooper and his contemporaries, WRONG weaves a complex and often thrilling biographical narrative that attests to Cooper’s status as a leading figure of the American post War avant-garde.

Praise for WRONG

‘Unfurls a riveting chronicle of Dennis Cooper’s intertwined life and work’

-Wayne Koestenbaum, author, Camp Marmalade


‘Hester’s ferocious sleuthing conveys us to whole new areas of understanding about Cooper’

-Kaplan Harris, coeditor, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley


‘Oozing with deep gossip, enriched by rare archival materials and intimate personal interviews, WRONG is a model for future scholarship’

-Daniel Kane, author, Do You Have A Band? Poetry and Punk Rock in New York City

 

REVIEWS

WRONG IS AN IMPORTANT BOOK, BOTH HUMOROUS AND RIGOROUS, AND HANDLES THE INTERPLAY OF COOPER’S WORK AND LIFE WITH SENSITIVITY AND GENUINE INSIGHT

Seán Hewitt, The Irish Times

HESTER’S LARGE-SCALE, ALBEIT GRIPPINGLY SWIFT, RETROSPECTIVE FILLS A GAP FOR FANS AND THEORISTS ALIKE

Katie Arthur, Textual Practice

WRONG IS AN ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY READ AND RESOURCE FOR ANYONE ENAMORED WITH DENNIS COOPER'S WORK

Emily Colucci, Filthy Dreams

HESTER CONNECTS WITH DENNIS COOPER'S WRITING BETTER THAN ANY CRITIC OR CULTURAL WRITER I CAN THINK OF

Grant Maierhofer, Ligeia Magazine

WRONG MAKES A COMPELLING CASE THAT COOPER'S POETRY CONTAINS THE KEYS TO UNLOCKING HIS MAJOR THEMES

Jeff Jackson, The Poetry Foundation

REMARKABLY AMBITIOUS IN SCOPE AND CONDUCTED WITH VIGOUR, HESTER’S LARGE-SCALE ARCH UNFOLDS WITH A SURPRISING ELEGANCE

Evan Isoline, 3:AM Magazine

HESTER'S COLOSSAL WORK SHEDS LIGHT ON A SUBJECT THAT ISN'T JUST ALIVE AND VERY MUCH STILL WRITING, BUT ALSO UTTERLY COMPLEX

Paul Jonathan, Minor Literatures

Image courtesy of John Waters, from his home in Baltimore MD

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