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

 
 

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

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