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Moscow Memoirs
Emma Gerstein
1585675954
Sept 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
Born to a man who became a high-ranking Soviet physician, Gerstein (1903–2002) rebelled against her father’s political affiliations early on. After a string of unsatisfying jobs, she followed a desire to write, establishing herself as a literary scholar and ensconcing herself among the literati of Soviet Russia. Her life changed dramatically in 1928, when she met Mandelstam and his wife, Nadezhda; Gerstein now had access to a quite famous living poet and his circle of friends, eventually including Akhmatova. The group suffered through the political woes of the time but also reveled in its literary excitement. Weaving biographical threads with autobiographical filaments, as well as selections from the poetry and letters of these two Soviet literary giants, Gerstein offers insightful glimpses into their...


Anna of All the Russias: A Life of Anna Akhmatova
Elaine Feinstein
1400040892
March 2006
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From Publishers Weekly
By the time the famed Russian poet Anna Akhmatova died in 1966, at the age of 77, she had witnessed the colossal changes that overtook Russia, from the last days of the czarist regime through revolution to Stalin's Terror and subsequent Soviet rule. Though born into a comfortable situation, she often lived in abject poverty and relied on the mercy of friends when governmental whim forced her poetry out of circulation. Feinstein, a poet, translator and biographer of Pushkin and Ted Hughes, has produced a thorough, workmanlike biography that runs more to giving times and dates than truly bringing this extraordinary woman to life. Feinstein gives enough (at times too many) details to hint at the complexity and contradictions that made up Akhmatova's character, but never delves deeply enough for a fully fleshed...


Selected Poems
Anna Andreevna Akhmatova
0140186174
Oct 1992
Paperback
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The New York Times Book Review
The reader interested in Akhmatova can get a stereoscopic view of her poetry by consulting Selected Poems, edited and translated by Walter Arndt, an amazingly gifted polymath. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
Anna Akhmatova is identified, along with Osip Mandelstam, Boris Pasternak, and Marina Tsvetaeva, as one of the four leading poets of Twentieth-Century Russian literature. Her poetry, classically rhymed and metered but also laconic and highly elliptical, is deeply engaged with predecessors such as Horace, Dante, Shakespeare, Byron, Dostoevsky, Annensky and above all Pushkin, and also with contemporaries such as Mandelstam, T.S. Eliot, and Gumilev, her husband, who was persecuted and finally executed by...


Love Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)
Sheila Kohler (Editor)
0679429069
August 1993
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Book Description
It has often been said that love, both sacred and profane, is the only true subject of the lyric poem. Nothing better justifies this claim than the splendid poems in this volume, which range from the writings of ancient China to those of modern-day America and represent, at its most piercing, a universal experience of the human soul.

Includes poems by John Donne, Christina Rossetti, W. H. Auden, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Robert Graves, e. e. cummings, Dorothy Parker, William Shakespeare, Sappho, Bhartrhari, Anna Akhmatova, and W. B. Yeats, among many others.

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It has often been said that love, both sacred and profane, is the only true subject of the lyric poem. Nothing better justifies this claim than the splendid poems in this volume, which range from...


Collected Poems
Jane Kenyon
1555974287
September 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
In the 10 years since Jane Kenyon's death at the age of 47, her reputation has only grown. Her books are assigned; her life has been memorialized by husband Donald Hall in the book-length elegy Without (1998) and The Best Day the Worst Day: Life with Jane Kenyon, a memoir out just last month from Houghton (Reviews, Mar. 7). This collected edition reproduces verbatim the four books Kenyon saw through to press; the poems from two posthumous collections, Otherwise and A Hundred White Daffodils; Kenyon's translations of Akhmatova; and four previously uncollected poems. It's a case of more being less: gems like "Let Evening Come," "Otherwise" and "Briefly It Enters, and Briefly Speaks" feel a little hidden here, despite Kenyon's careful composition and ordering of her work. The selected Otherwise will remain the...


Selected Poems (Akhmatova, Anna)
Anna Akhmatova
0140424644
Aug 2006
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Book Description
Anna Akhmatova is not only Russia’s finest woman poet but perhaps the greatest in the history of Western culture. This volume brings together all of D. M. Thomas’s acclaimed translations of Akhmatova’s poems, including "Poem Without a Hero" and "Requiem," her poem of the Stalinist Terror.

About the Author
Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966), the literary pseudonym of Anna Andreevna Gorenko, became famous after the publication of her second book of poems, Beads D. M. Thomas is the author of the novel The White Hotel. He has translated works by Akhmatova and Pushkin.


Anna Akhmatova: Her Poetry
David Wells
1859730949
November 1996
Hardcover
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Review
"The book is aimed at the general reader as well as the student of Russian literature and achieves its goals with notable success."--Forum for Modern Language Studies, 2001

"This volume extends our understanding of Akhmatova in a useful manner. ...this book would be of undoubted value to students of 20th century Russian poetry."--British East-West Journal

"David N Wells has the command not just of the facts; he has an acute ear for poetry and considerable gifts as a prose writer. This critical guide manages to be comprehensive without being unreadably dense."--The Slavonic Review


The Word That Causes Death's Defeat
Anna Andreevna Akhmatova
0300103778
Nov 2004
Hardcover
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Review
“The importance of Akhmatova’s works in the Russian poetic tradition can scarcely be exaggerated. These works also hold a place of honor in the history of artistic engagement of moral responsibility.”—Olga P. Hasty, Princeton University


Anna Akhmatova: Her Poetry
David N. Wells
185973099X
November 1996
Paperback
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Review
"The book is aimed at the general reader as well as the student of Russian literature and achieves its goals with notable success." --Forum for Modern Language Studies, 2001

"This volume extends our understanding of Akhmatova in a useful manner. ...this book would be of undoubted value to students of 20th century Russian poetry." --British East-West Journal

"David N Wells has the command not just of the facts; he has an acute ear for poetry and considerable gifts as a prose writer. This critical guide manages to be comprehensive without being unreadably dense." --The Slavonic Review


The Guest from the Future
Gyorgy Dalos
0374527202
Sept 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
In the annals of 20th-century literature, few encounters between great writers were at once so ephemeral and so fraught with meaning as the evening in 1945 that Isaiah Berlin spent in the Leningrad home of Anna Akhmatova. The celebrated Russian poet saw Berlin, a Russian-born Oxford professor of political theory, then first secretary for the British Embassy in Moscow, as a visionary from the democratic world that she'd never experienced. According to Dalos, Akhmatova became romantically obsessed with Berlin and placed him as the central figure in a famously cryptic masterpiece, "Poem Without a Hero." The encounter also left Akhmatova under the surveillance of the KGB, who denounced Berlin as a British spy. Dalos, a Russian novelist and literary critic who now lives in Berlin, was captivated by the story at a 1993...


Anna Akhmatova
Anna Akhmatova
0307264246
May 16, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description

A legend in her own time both for her brilliant poetry and for her resistance to oppression, Anna Akhmatova—denounced by the Soviet regime for her “eroticism, mysticism, and political indifference”—is one of the greatest Russian poets of the twentieth century.

Before the revolution, Akhmatova was a wildly popular young poet who lived a bohemian life. She was one of the leaders of a movement of poets whose ideal was “beautiful clarity”—in her deeply personal work, themes of love and mourning are conveyed with passionate intensity and economy, her voice by turns tender and fierce. A vocal critic of Stalinism, she saw her work banned for many years and was expelled from the Writers’ Union—condemned as “half nun, half harlot.” Despite this...



Poems of Akhmatova
Anna Andreevna Akhmatova
0393300145
Apr 1983
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Language Notes
Text: English, Russian (translation)
Original Language: Russian --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Bedford Introduction to Literature: Reading, Thinking, Writing
Michael Meyer
0312412428
July 2004
Textbook Hardcover
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Poems of Akhmatova: Izbrannye Stikhi
Anna Akhmatova
0395860032
May 1997
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Book Description
Witness to the international and domestic chaos of the first half of the twentieth century, Anna Akhmatova (1888-1966) chronicled Russia's troubled times in poems of sharp beauty and intensity. Her genius is now universally acknowledged, and recent biographies attest to a remarkable resurgence of interest in her poetry in this country. Here is the essence of Akhmatova - a landmark selection and translation, including excerpts from "Poem with a Hero."

Language Notes
Text: English, Russian (translation)
Original Language: Russian


The Guest from the Future
Jon Stallworthy
0393316939
June 1997
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Book Description
The Guest from the Future is a selection of poetry by one of the Norton college department's most redoubtable editors, Professor Jon Stallworthy of Oxford University. It represents what Seamus Heaney, the Nobel Laureate in literature, called art's power of "redress." Stallworthy's poems evoke women survivors; the poet Anna Akhmatova; the painter Francoise Cilot, Picasso's lover; a survivor of the siege of Stalingrad; and a woman who escaped war torn Poland, carrying in her bedding-roll a coverlet she was embroidering for her fianc and herself. This refugee's story bears a curious inverse relationship with that of the "Lady of Shalott": Tennyson's patrician artist in her tower, forced to choose between the world and its "shadows" in her mirror opts for the world and is destroyed; Stallworthy's peasant artist engages...


Collected Poems in English
Joseph Brodsky
0641711603

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In a Shattered Mirror
Susan Amert
0804719829
Aug 1992
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Anna Akhmatova and Her Circle
Konstantin Polivanov (Editor)
1557283087
January 1994
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

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