A romantic poet, a keen writer of farce, a master of satire, a political activist, a pop-culture explorer — Richard Peabody is all these and more, as is evident in this compendium taken from four decades of writing by an American literary hero. Peabody’s literary influences, including strands of Punk, Beat, Alt, experimental, feminist, and political protest, blend with the purely lyrical to create a body of work that is both profound and pleasing. Whether addressing fatherhood, unjust wars, unrequited love, or suburban malaise, Peabody delivers, with both freshness and gravitas, important information about life as we live it now. An introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Michael Dirda puts Peabody in his rightful place as a great and influential man of letters. The Richard Peabody Reader is an essential collection, an important document of an American literary life. Welcome to the world according to Peabody!