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Introduction to French Poetry: A Dual-Language Book
Stanley Appelbaum
0486267113
June 1991
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Book Description
Immerse yourself in great poetic tradition — works by Villon, Ronsard, Voltaire, Lamartine, Hugo, Mallarmé, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Apollinaire, Saint-John Perse, Eluard and many more. Full texts in French with literal English translation on facing pages. Critical, biographical information on each poet. Introduction. 31 black-and-white illus.


The Poems, Short Fiction, and Criticism of Samuel Beckett : Volume IV of The Grove Centenary Editions
Samuel Beckett, et al
0802118208
March 28, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
Edited by Paul Auster, this four–volume hardcover set of Beckett's canon has been designed by award-winner Laura Lindgren. Available individually, as well as in a boxed set, these books are specially bound with covers featuring images central to Beckett's works. Typographical errors that remained uncorrected in the various prior editions have now been corrected in consultation with Beckett scholars C. J. Ackerley and S. E. Gontarski.

"[Beckett] settled on philosophical comedy as the medium for his uniquely anguished, arrogant, self-doubting, scrupulous temperament. In the popular mind his name is associated with the mysterious Godot who may or may not come but for whom we wait anyhow. In this he seemed to define the mood of an age. But his range is wider than that, and his achievement far greater. Beckett...


The Penguin Book of French Poetry
William Rees
0140423850
Jan 1994
Paperback
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Rimbaud in Abyssinia
Alain Borer, Rosmarie Waldrop (Translator)
0688075940


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From Publishers Weekly
French poet Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) stopped writing at the age of 19. To his admirers, the anti-bourgeois rebel's last years of silent wandering are something of an embarrassment. The poet-in-revolt became a merchant in Ethiopia (then called Abyssinia) and, by some accounts, a gunrunner. Borer, a French Rimbaud specialist, retraced the poet's travels in Africa and Arabia on foot, by boat and by plane. His attempt to rescue the reputation of the later Rimbaud is frequently portentous. We are told that the fugitive poet lived "a luminous madness," that he saw the world as "pure immanence," and that in his literary silence he was preparing "for Nothingness or God." Written in a free-floating, elevated style that mimics the heightened consciousness of Rimbaud's verse, this serendipitous adventure delivers little...


The Song of Roland
Anonymous
0140440755
Dec 1957
Paperback
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He: Understanding Masculine Psychology
Robert A. Johnson
0060963964
November 1989
Paperback
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Book Description
Robert A. Johnson, noted lecturer and Jungian analyst, updates his classic exploration of the meaning of being a man, and adds insight for both sexes into the feminine side of a man's personality.

About the Author
Robert A. Johnson, a noted lecturer and Jungian analyst, is also the author of He, She, We, Inner Work, Ecstasy, Transformation, and Owning Your Own Shadow.


Six Nineteenth Century French Poets
A. M. Blackmore
019283973X
Oct 2000
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French


Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: A Celebration of Music : A Celebration of Music
Jaime Adoff, Martin French (Illustrator)
0525469494
November 11, 2002
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 7 Up-Adoff, a musician and the son of Virginia Hamilton and Arnold Adoff, debuts here with poems about music. His free verse is highly rhythmic and demands to be performed, like these opening lines from the title poem: "Each word running fast across lips./A direct line to my hips, twist and shake./My voice another arm, another leg./My throat the Cape Canaveral of my soul./Song shuttle/blasting off/into deep blue/soprano sky-." Jazz, rap, hip-hop, and Mozart are equally celebrated. Young musicians will also recognize their own lives in the poems about school bands and playing air guitar. Only musicians will get the pun poems "2#" (too sharp) and "Way 2b" (way too flat), though these terms are defined in the backnotes. These notes also contain a brief paragraph about each musician mentioned in the poems,...


The Flowers of Evil (Oxford World's Classics)
Charles Baudelaire, et al
0192835459
September 17, 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
The Flowers of Evil, which T.S. Eliot called the greatest example of modern poetry in any language, shocked the literary world of nineteenth century France with its outspoken portrayal of lesbian love, its linking of sexuality and death, its unremitting irony, and its unflinching celebration
of the seamy side of urban life. Including the French texts and comprehensive explanatory notes to the poems, this extraordinary body of love poems restores the six poems originally banned in 1857, revealing the richness and variety of the collection.

Language Notes
Text: English, French --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Jennifer Government
Max Barry
1400030927
January 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
In the horrifying, satirical near future of Max Barry's Jennifer Government, American corporations literally rule the world. Everyone takes his employer's name as his last name; once-autonomous nations as far-flung as Australia belong to the USA; and the National Rifle Association is not just a worldwide corporation, it's a hot, publicly traded stock. Hack Nike, a hapless employee seeking advancement, signs a multipage contract and then reads it. He discovers he's agreed to assassinate kids purchasing Nike's new line of athletic shoes, a stealth marketing maneuver designed to increase sales. And the dreaded government agent Jennifer Government is after him.

Like Steve Aylett, Alexander Besher, Douglas Coupland, Paul Di Filippo, Jim Munroe, Jeff Noon, and Chuck Palahniuk, Max Barry is an author of smartass, punky satire...



The Poetry of Hugo Von Hofmannsthal and French Symbolism
Robert Vilain
0198160038
Aug 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
This study suggests that Hugo von Hofmannsthal's early interest in the works of the French Symbolists had an inhibiting effect on his own poetry and contributed to the famous "Chandos crisis" in 1902.


Surrealism
Anna Balakian
0226035603
Jan 1987
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Book Description
First published in 1959, Surrealism remains the most readable introduction to the French surrealist poets Apollinaire, Breton, Aragon, Eluard, and Reverdy. Providing a much-needed overview of the movement, Balakian places the surrealists in the context of early twentieth-century Paris and describes their reactions to symbolist poetry, World War I, and developments in science and industry, psychology, philosophy, and painting. Her coherent history of the movement is enhanced by her firsthand knowledge of the intellectual climate in which some of these poets worked and her interviews with Reverdy and Breton. In a new introduction, Balakian discusses the influence of surrealism on contemporary poetry.

This volume includes photographs of the poets and reproductions of paintings by Ernst, Dali, Tanguy, and...


Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
0486223051
June 1970
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"It is an ancient Mariner, and he stoppeth one of thee...." Although these ominous lines perennially instill fear of final exams and term papers in the minds of high school students and Romantic English majors, they're not often remembered by adults. Mason's reading of Coleridge's 1796 epic poem is at once hypnotic and stirring. The Academy Award-nominated actor reads the chilling tale involving clashes with sea monsters, a boat swarming with zombies and a dice game with Death in an authoritative English accent. Like the ocean surrounding the Mariner's ship, his voice ebbs and flows with the imaginative poem's various heights. He quickly rattles off, "water, water, every where, and all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink" but gently whispers "And I had done an hellish thing, and...


Arthurian Romances (Penguin Classics)
Chretien de Troyes, et al
0140445218
June 4, 1991
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Book Description
Chrtien de Troyes did not invent the Arthurian legend: he gave it a sophisticated form, establishing it as a major branch of European literature. This lively edition of Chretien's romances includes "Perceval," the first Grail story, as well as his lays "Erec and Enide," "Cligs," Lancelot," and "Yvain." In these delicate, passionate works, French chivalry bounds through the centuries to greet modern readers with new words for devotion.

Language Notes
Text: English (translation)

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The Scandal of the Fabliaux
Howard R. Bloch
0226059758
Feb 1986
Hardcover
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Book Description
R. Howard Bloch argues that medieval French comic tales are shocking not so much for their dirty words, scatology, and celebration of the body in all its concavities and protrusions, but moreso for their insistent exposure of the scandal of their own production. Looking first at fabliaux about poets, Bloch demonstrates that the medieval comic poet was highly conscious of the inadequacy of language and pushed this perception to its logical, scandalous limit. The comic function of the fabliaux was intentionally disruptive: anticlerical, antifeminist, and antiestablishment, these tales were part of a sophisticated culture's critical perspective on itself.

By showing how the medieval poet's obsession with the outrageous, the low, and the lewd was intimately bound to poetry, Bloch forces a revision of traditional...


The ACT and the Place of Poetry
Yves Bonnefoy
0226064492
Mar 1989
Hardcover
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Book Description
The only collection of Yves Bonnefoy's criticism in English, this volume offers a coherent statement of poetic philosophy and intent--a clear expression of the values and convictions of the French poet whom many critics regard as the most important and influential of our time. The Introduction touches on many of the essays' concerns, including Bonnefoy's recourse to moral and religious categories, his particular use of Saussure's distinction between langue and parole, his early fascination with Surrealism, and his view of translation as "a metaphysical and moral experiment." The essays, published over a nearly thirty-year span, respond to one another, the more recent pieces taking up for renewed consideration ideas developed in earlier meditations, thereby providing the volume with integrity and...


The Way to Paradise
Mario Vargas Llosa
0641669011

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A Lover's Discourse : Fragments
Roland Barthes, Richard Howard (Translator)
0374521611
June 1, 1979
Paperback
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Review
"Barthes's most popular and unusual performance as a writer is A Lover's Discourse, a writing out of the discourse of love. This language--primarily the complaints and reflections of the lover when alone, not exchanges of a lover with her or her partner--is unfashionable. Thought it is spoken by millions of people, diffused in our popular romances and television programs as well as in serious literature, there is no institution that explores, maintains, modifies, judges, repeats, and otherwise assumes responsibility for this discourse . . . Writing out the figures of a neglected discourse, Barthes surprises us in A Lover's Discourse by making love, in its most absurd and sentimental forms, an object of interest."--Jonathan Culler


Paris Spleen (New Directions Paperbook)
Charles Baudelaire
0811200078
June 1970
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One Monkey Too Many
Jackie French Koller
0152047646
August 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
A bike is for just one monkey to ride, right? Well, not if another monkey jumps on the handlebars. "Hooray, the two shouted. / We're having such fun. / This bike is far better for two / than for one!" That is, until they hit a bump in the road and monkeys go flying. One Monkey Too Many playfully explores the hazards of loading too many monkeys into a golf cart, canoe, or hotel bed, and finally, into the picture book itself: "Six, said the author. / "This book is for six. / The pages are full, / so no more of your tricks." Even that doesn't stop extra pesky monkeys from sneaking into the picture. Lynn Munsinger's thoroughly charming, expressive illustrations add energy and humor to Jackie French Koller's already vivacious rhymes. Children will love the fact that the monkeys gleefully ignore the warnings of the...


The Prose Poem in France
Mary Ann Caws
0231054343
May 1983
Hardcover
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The Romance of the Rose
Guillaume de Lorris, et al
0691044562
July 3, 1995
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
De Lorris and de Meun's 13th-century allegorical romance was, as Horgan notes in the introduction to her new translation, a bestseller in its day. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Review
This is a readable and reliable line-by-line translation of the Roman de la Rose, based on Ernest Langlois's 1914-24 edition. The first in modern English prose, it is particularly valuable for its faithful rendering of the imagery of the original on which . . . so much of the poem's irony depends.

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The Song of Roland
Glyn Sheridan Burgess
0140445323
June 1990
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: English (translation)


The Fabulists French
Norman R. Shapiro
0252017560
May 1992
Hardcover
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Language Notes
Text: English, French


Sunday at the Pool in Kigali
Gil Courtemanche
1400034345
October 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Bernard Valcourt is a Canadian journalist in Rwanda planning a film on the local AIDS epidemic when he falls in love with Gentille, a Tutsi who works at his hotel at the time of the Hutu-led genocides. Chronicling the days of the government-sponsored atrocities, Courtemanche's novel is powerful in its ability to remind us how much the myth of race has done to divide and destroy the human species in the past hundred years. At the same time, however, it strains to position itself as a sort of neo-existentialist tome, quoting Camus and echoing The Plague. Valcourt describes himself without irony as "sophisticated... an enlightened humanist," and yet his childish self-pity and bitter refusal to accept life's harsh realities are less the trappings of a great intellectual than the alcoholic he obviously is. From the...


The Subject of Violence
Peter Haidu
0253305489
Sept 1993
Hardcover
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Selected Fables (Dual-Language) (Dual-Language Book)
Jean de La Fontaine
0486295745
March 21, 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
First published between 1668 and 1693, the Fables of La Fontaine rank among the masterpieces of French literature. This volume contains 75 of the best, in the original French with new English line-for-line literal translations. "The Cicada and the Ant," "The City Rat and the Country Rat," "The Fox and the Grapes," many more.

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