Essayist and poet Joseph Brodsky was one of the most penetrating voices of the twentieth century. This prize-winning collection of his diverse essays includes uniquely powerful appreciations of great writers: on Dostoevsky and the development of Russian prose, on Auden and Akhmatova, Cavafy, Montale and Mandelstam. These are contrasted with his ...Read MoreEssayist and poet Joseph Brodsky was one of the most penetrating voices of the twentieth century. This prize-winning collection of his diverse essays includes uniquely powerful appreciations of great writers: on Dostoevsky and the development of Russian prose, on Auden and Akhmatova, Cavafy, Montale and Mandelstam. These are contrasted with his reflections on larger themes of tyranny and evil, and subtle evocations of his childhood in Leningrad. Brodsky's insightful appreciation of the intricacies of language, culture and identity connect these works, revealing his remarkable gifts as a prose writer.Read Less
Octavo, hardcover (black cloth & tan cloth), gilt letters, 501 pp. Fine (As New) in a Near-Fine dust jacket. From dust jacket: Modern poets have often displayed a strong affinity for writing essays...Less Than One is, in the broadest sense, an intellectual autobiography. The volume includes Brodsky's remarkable essays on poetry and potics. In his considerations of the work of Russian writers such as Arkhamtova, Tsvetaeva, and Mandelstam, as well as Western poets such as Auden, Montale, Cavafy, and Derek Walcott, Brodsky has produced compelling, luminous accounts of twentieth-century poetry. In Catastrophes in the Air, Brodsky addresses the history and future of Russian prose, providing an original description of the life and eath of a literary tradition.
Very good. Boards and Cloth. Very Good/Very Good. First Edition. Octavo. Arguably an intellectual autobiography. Brodsky was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1987. The Swedish Academy stated, that his essays and poems are "imbued with clarity of thought and poetic intensity."
Very Good. Brodsky, Joseph. Less Than One, Selected Essays. Inscribed 1st edition. New York: Farrar Straus and Giroux, 1986. 1st edition. 501pp. 8vo. Quarter black cloth with tan paper covered boards. Book condition: Very good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very good with several small spots on front panel.
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