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Kenneth Koch    

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Kenneth Koch, one of the principal members of what has come to be known as the New York School, passed away at age 77 this past summer (2002). It would be a challenge to persuade anyone that he had not lived a full life in every respect, particularly as a writer. He published many more books than most authors, enjoyed a contented (and eminent) teaching career, collaborated with now famous composers and painters, and remained a striking, handsome, normally likeable figure to the end of his days. Alfred A. Knopf has for many years published his books, and it now has the distinction of publishing his final two, Sun Out and A Possible World. The two represent an unplanned, though conclusive, bookending of Koch's career (they were both scheduled for publication before Koch's final illness).


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