The Anthologist

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The Anthologist
AuthorNicholson Baker
GenreLiterary fiction
PublisherSimon & Schuster
Publication date
September 2009

The Anthologist is a novel about poetry by Nicholson Baker which was first published in 2009.

Its protagonist is Paul Chowder, a poet with a commission to prepare and edit an anthology of poetry, Only Rhyme. The novel shows his life, his thoughts, aspirations and struggles with writer's block.


Michael Schmidt, reviewing the book for The Independent, gave it a mixed reception,[1]

David Orr, reviewing for The New York Times, liked the novel's portrayal of, and engagement with, the world of poets and poetry,[2]

Poets and works discussed[edit]

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15


  1. ^ Michael Schmidt (11 September 2009), "The Anthologist, By Nicholson Baker", The Independent on Sunday
  2. ^ David Orr (September 1, 2009), "Rhyme and Unreason", The New York Times

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