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Fleischer, Georgette. Review of Wittgenstein's Ladder, by Marjorie Perloff. Contemporary Literature 38, No. 2 (Summer 1997): 378–90.

Analysis of Wittgenstein's Ladder commending Perloff's critical perspective and insight.

A review of Wittgenstein's Ladder, by Marjorie Perloff. Germanic Review 74, No. 4 (Fall 1999): 346.

Positive assessment of Wittgenstein's Ladder. According to the critic, “the clarity of Perloff's reading of Wittgenstein is matched by the insightfulness of her reading of the writers and poets she chooses.”

Gilbert, Robert. Review of Wittgenstein's Ladder, by Marjorie Perloff. Modern Philology 97, No. 2 (November 1999): 323.

Criticism of Perloff's narrow application of Wittgenstein's philosophy to fit her commitment to the avant-garde and her effort to demonstrate “the absolute newness” of her preferred poets.

Kellogg, David. “Perloff's Wittgenstein: W(h)ither Poetic Theory?” Diacritics 26, Nos. 3–4 (Fall–Winter 1996): 67–85.

Extended critical analysis of Wittgenstein's Ladder and its relationship to Perloff's previous works.

Pottie, Lisa. Review of Radical Artifice, by Marjorie Perloff. Canadian Literature 152–153 (Spring–Summer 1997): 239–40.

Concludes that Radical Artificeis “challenging and useful,” but that Perloff “ultimately fails” to present a convincing argument for her main thesis.

Rasula, Jed. “Strategizing the Ordinary.” University of Toronto Quarterly 67, No. 3 (Summer 1998): 715–24.

Review of Wittgenstein's Ladder.

Thurston, Michael. Review of Poetry On and Off the Page, by Marjorie Perloff. College Literature 26, No. 3 (Fall 1999): 249.

Commends Perloff's critical abilities but finds that in several essays in Poetry On and Off the Page “Perloff lets her agenda get the better of her acumen.”

Additional coverage of Perloff's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vols. 57–60 and Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 7, 22, 49.

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