By Paul Valéry

Simply poetry is twin language
James R. Lawler's based advent offers with Valéry's issues and his effect, and in addition with serious interpretations of his paintings. the quantity starts with "The night with Monsieur Teste" (1896), from the well-known "anti-novel" Monsieur Teste, for whose translation Jackson Mathews got the nationwide publication Award in 1974. It contains such outstanding essays because the "Introduction to the tactic of Leonardo da Vinci," "The difficulty of Mind," and "Poetry and summary Thought."

The value of Valéry's prose poetry has just recently been well-known, and a range is gifted the following. There also are ten of his best-known poems in verse, between them "La Jeune Parque" and "Le Cimetiere Marin," with the French texts dealing with the English translations via David Paul. The anthology closes with dialogues, one courting from the twenties, the opposite from 1943; which display the play of ideas--the highbrow vigour and grace--that are attribute of Valéry's paintings as a whole.


"There might be no distinction of opinion in this collection of Mr. Lawler as editor: he's the main eminent of the Valéry students at the present time, the wisest, and the main modest. If is advent is superb, evidently impeccably expert, suggestive, and well-written."--Henri Peyre

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