Thirty Poems

Robert Walser (Author) Christopher Middleton (Translator)
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Description

In a small, exquisite clothbound format resembling the early Swiss and German editions of Walser s work, Thirty Poems collects famed translator Christopher Middleton s favorite poems from the more than five hundred Walser wrote. The illustrations range from an early poem in perfect copperplate handwriting, to one from a 1927 Czech-German newspaper, to a microscript."

Product Details

Price
$20.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
June 28, 2012
Pages
64
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.4 X 7.2 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780811220019
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About the Author

Robert Walser (1878-1956) was born in Switzerland. He left school at fourteen and led a wandering and precarious existence working as a bank clerk, a butler in a castle, and an inventor's assistant while producing essays, stories, and novels. In 1933 he abandoned writing and entered a sanatorium--where he remained for the rest of his life. "I am not here to write," Walser said, "but to be mad."

Christopher Middleton was a British poet, professor, and translator who specialized in Germanic languages and literature.

Reviews

The single most underrated writer of the 20th Century.
The poems also give us Walser's manner in concentrated miniature, and it could be that rhyme - joining the disparate, cultivating the arbitrary - is at the heart of what he is doing. They are odd, whimsical, insouciant things, exhilarating in their ability to be what they are.
The magnificently humble. The enormously small. The meaningfully ridiculous. Robert Walser's work often reads like a dazzling answer to the question, How immense can modesty be? If Emily Dickinson made cathedrals out of em dashes and capital letters and the angle of winter light, Walser accomplished the feat with, well, ladies' feet and trousers and little emotive words like joy, uncapitalized...the two worked out in hoarded words a kindred kind of literature.--Rivka Galchen