Other literary forms

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Richard Howard wrote extensively about the work of other authors in a collection of criticism titled Alone with America: Essays on the Art of Poetry in the United States Since 1950 (1969). The book has been praised for its objectivity in discussing his subjects’ literary careers. Whenever he has known the writer personally, he uses his experience to enhance his understanding of the poet’s work, always focusing on the work, which he quotes extensively and comments on elaborately. He has also gained a considerable reputation as a translator of French literature, having produced works of such writers as André Gide, Albert Camus, Roland Barthes, Simone de Beauvoir, and Stendhal.