Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott--three Nobel laureates and threeof our generation's greatest poets explore the misconceptions and mythologiesthat surround one of America's most famous and beloved deceased poets--RobertFrost.Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott--three Nobel laureates and threeof our generation's greatest poets explore the misconceptions and mythologiesthat surround one of America's most famous and beloved deceased poets--RobertFrost.Read Less
New. This item is printed on demand. Joseph Brodsky, Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott--three Nobel laureates and threeof our generation's greatest poets explore the misconceptions and mythologiesthat surround one of America's most famous and beloved deceased poet.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-07-21 Three Nobel laureates reappraise the great poet. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly, 1996-10-21 In 1902, Marthe Lavohary, a 16-year-old beauty, was married in Bucharest to Prince George Bibesco, the thoroughly spoiled and selfish son of the hereditary hospodarægovernoræof Wallachia. Her devastating wedding night left her "obliterated." Although she would have many lovers, her relationships were more romantic, even intellectual, than physical. Spending her days far apart from Prince George, Marthe became a cosmopolitan socialite and notable author, with her base in Paris and her ancestral home, to which she repaired regularly, in Romania. Her admirers included a king of Spain, a crown prince of Germany, a British prime minister and a premier of France. Her books, written in French, won prizes and were the envy of rivals whose reputations have outlasted her own. Her now-forgotten potboiling novels, penned under pseudonyms when she needed money, were bestsellers. Witness to two world wars and writing until the end, she died in Paris at 87, nearly destitute. Yet her biography reads now like a faded operetta without music, and Sutherland (Maria Walewska) makes only a feeble attempt to breathe life into Princess Bibesco's writings. Sixty-five volumes of her gossipy manuscript diaries survive, along with such books as the travel memoir The Eight Paradises and the evocative Isvor: The Land of the Willow, about her province and its people. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1996-07-15 While in life Frost (1874-1963) took on the persona of a gentlemen farmer, he emerges from these essays as a far darker and more complex figure. And certainly no poet could ask for better critics than these three Nobel laureates. The late Joseph Brodsky offers a masterful close reading of two of Frost's poems, the lyric "Come In" and the narrative "Home Burial." Seamus Heaney's piece, though slightly less focused, is filled with insights and reads like poetry itself. Derek Walcott's essay, the most broadly focused, argues that Frost's straightforward colloquial voice was as important an innovation for American verse as the more ostentatious experiments of Williams and Cummings. He sees in Frost the heir of both Whitman and Dickinson. Each of these essays was originally published in magazinesæBrodsky in the New Yorker, Heaney in Salmagundi and Walcott in the New Republicæand this book would doubtlessly have been even stronger if it had been created by design rather than happenstance. But these pieces are criticism as an art form, and a superb invitation to explore the work of a great American poet. (Sept.)
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