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Christopher Knowles (born 1959) is an American poet.

In 1976, his poetry was used by Robert Wilson for the avant-garde minimalist Philip Glass opera,Einstein on the Beach Wilson summarized his discovery of Christopher this way in the extended notes to the Tomato Records release of Einstein on the Beach:
In early 1973 a man named George Klauber, who had been one of my professors at Pratt Institute, gave me an audio tape he thought might interest me. At the time I was beginning work on a theatre piece called The Life and Times of Joseph Stalin. . . . I was fascinated. The tape was entitled 'Emily Likes the TV.' On it a young man's voice spoke continuously creating repetitions and variations on phrases about Emily watching the TV. I began to realize that the words flowed to a patterned rhythm whose logic was self-supporting. It was a piece coded much like music. Like a cantata or fugue it worked with conjugations of thoughts repeated in variations; these governed by classical constructions and a pervasive sense of humor. The effect was at once inspiring and charming. I was impressed and called George to ask who had made the tape. . . . It was arranged that Chris could come and live with me. We became collaborators and friends. He co-authored a show called A Letter for Queen Victoria and performed it throughout Europe and New York. In subsequent years we continued to work together. Chris would co-author pieces and his texts would appear in works such as the opera Einstein on the Beach I am forever fascinated by the decisions Chris is able to make while maintaining control over a continuous and elegant line. He has a unique ability to create a language that's immediately discernible. Yet once he has invented his verbal or visual language, he destroys the code to begin anew. His art holds the excitement of molecular reaction. His product is constantly genuine and always a reflection of his own imagination, humor and good will.


In 1978, the American poet John Ashbery wrote in New York Magazine (of a volume of Knowles's poetry):
"Christopher has the ability to conceive of his works in minute detail before executing them. There is nothing accidental in the typed designs and word lists; they fill their preordained places as accurately as though they had spilled out of a computer. This pure conceptualism, which others have merely approximated using mechanical aids, is one reason that so many young artists have been drawn to Christopher's work."


In 2004 Knowles stayed in Long Island for the summer working with Robert Wilson. For one week the Harty family stayed in the house he was residing in, and escorted him to his place of work. Knowles and Wilson continue to collaborate. Wilson has used Knowles' texts in many of his operas.

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Total Books: 30
Winning the Peace The British in Occupied Germany 1945-1948
2017 - Winning the Peace the British in Occupied Germany 1945-1948 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781474267434
ISBN-10: 1474267432
Genre: History
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The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll
2010 - The Secret History of Rock 'n' Roll (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781573444057
ISBN-10: 1573444057
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China
2010 - China [EYEWITNESS TRAVEL GUIDE] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780756660987
ISBN-10: 075666098X
Genre: Travel
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Orange Otter
2006 - Orange Otter (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781899600557
ISBN-10: 1899600558
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Fodor's Exploring China 5th Edition
2005 - Fodor's Exploring China 5th Edition [Exploring Guides] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781400014996
ISBN-10: 1400014999
Genre: Travel
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Fodor's Exploring China 4th Edition
2001 - Fodor's Exploring China 4th Edition [Exploring Guides] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780676901610
ISBN-10: 0676901611
Genre: Travel
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Frommer's Adventure Guides Australia and New Zealand
2001 - Frommer's Adventure Guides Australia and New Zealand (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780764563577
ISBN-10: 0764563572
Genre: Travel
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AA Adventure Traveller Southeast Asia
2000 - Aa Adventure Traveller Southeast Asia [AA Adventure Travellers] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780749523213
ISBN-10: 0749523212
Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
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Fodor's Exploring China 3rd Edition
1999 - Fodor's Exploring China 3rd Edition [Exploring Guides] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679004462
ISBN-10: 0679004467
Genre: Travel
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AA Explorer China
1999 - Aa Explorer China [AA Explorer Guides] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780749521455
ISBN-10: 0749521457
Genre: Travel
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OS/AA Leisure Guide Cotswolds and the Vale of Berkeley
1999 - Os/aa Leisure Guide Cotswolds and the Vale of Berkeley [AA/Ordnance Survey] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780749520533
ISBN-10: 0749520531
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Fodor's Citypack Shanghai 1st Edition
1999 - Fodor's Citypack Shanghai 1st Edition [Fodors Citypacks] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679002628
ISBN-10: 0679002626
Genre: Travel
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AA Essential Japan
1999 - Aa Essential Japan [AA Essential Guides] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780749519162
ISBN-10: 0749519169
Genre: Travel
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Echo's Third Book of Cotswold Walks
1995 - Echo's Third Book of Cotswold Walks [Walkabout] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781873877111
ISBN-10: 1873877110
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Exploring China
1995 - Exploring China [1995] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780679030065
ISBN-10: 0679030069
Genre: Travel
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Essential Japan
1995 - Essential Japan [AA Essential] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780749509286
ISBN-10: 0749509287
Genre: Travel
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Echo's Cotswold Walks Cotswold Walks Book One
1993 - Echo's Cotswold Walks Cotswold Walks Book One [Walkabout] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781873877036
ISBN-10: 187387703X
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Moscow and St Petersburg
1991 - Moscow and St Petersburg [Lascelles City Guides] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780903909907
ISBN-10: 0903909901
Genre: Travel
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Cotswolds and the Vale of Berkeley
Cotswolds and the Vale of Berkeley [Passport's Regional Guides of Great Britain] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780844248783
ISBN-10: 0844248789
Genres: History, Reference, Travel
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Cotswold Hillwalks
Cotswold Hillwalks [Walkabout] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780950867458
ISBN-10: 0950867454
Genre: Outdoors & Nature
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Florence and Tuscany
Florence and Tuscany [Lascelles city guides] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781872815237
ISBN-10: 1872815235
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