The Holy Terrors: (les Enfants Terribles)

Jean Cocteau (Author) Rosamond Lehmann (Translator)
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Description

Written in a French style that long defied successful translation Cocteau was always a poet no matter what we was writing the book came into its own for English-language readers in 1955 when this translation was completed by Rosamund Lehmann. It is a masterpiece of the art of translation of which the Times Literary Supplement said: "It has the rare merit of reading as though it were an English original." Lehrmann was able to capture the essence of Cocteau's strange, necromantic imagination and to bring fully to life in English his story of a brother and sister, orphaned in adolescence, who build themselves a private world out of one shared room and their own unbridled fantasies. What started in games and laughter because for Paul and Elisabeth a drug too magical to resist. The crime which finally destroys them has the inevitability of Greek tragedy. Illustrated with twenty of Cocteau's own drawings."

Product Details

Price
$17.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
January 17, 1966
Pages
192
Dimensions
5.14 X 0.43 X 7.96 inches | 0.47 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780811200219
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About the Author

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) was an avant-garde French writer, designer, filmmaker and boxing manager.
Rosamond Lehmann (1901-1990) was born on the day of Queen Victoria's funeral, in Buckinghamshire, England, the second of four children. In 1927, a few years after graduating from the University of Cambridge, she published her first novel, Dusty Answer, to critical acclaim and instantaneous celebrity. Lehmann continued to write and publish between 1930 and 1976, penning works including The Weather in the Streets, The Ballad and the Source, and the short memoir The Swan in the Evening. Lehmann was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1982 and remains one of the most distinguished novelists of the twentieth century.

Reviews

The lasting feeling that his work leaves is one of happiness; not of course in the sense that it excludes suffering, but because, in it, nothing is rejected, resented, or regretted.--W.H. Auden
One of the master craftsmen.--Tennessee Williams