Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

In addition to writing book reviews and critiques, introductions, and jacket blurbs, Joel Oppenheimer (AHP-puhn-hi-muhr) worked on the primary level as a printer and typographer. He was also a regular columnist for The Village Voice from 1969 to 1984.

Oppenheimer wrote several plays that have been performed off-off-Broadway: The Great American Desert (pr. 1961), Miss Right (pr. 1962), and Like a Hill (pr. 1963). Oppenheimer’s collection of short stories, Pan’s Eyes, was published in 1974. Through the aficionado’s eyes, he has viewed popular American culture in The Wrong Season (1973) and Marilyn Lives! (1981). The Wrong Season re-creates the year 1972 from the point of view of a disappointed New York Mets baseball fan. With interviews, photographs, personal narrative, and poems, Marilyn Lives! looks at the life of Marilyn Monroe.