Letters to Madeleine
Tender as Memory
By (author) Guillaume Apollinaire
Edited by Laurence Campa
Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith
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Letters to Madeleine by Guillaume Apollinaire
Book Description"Letters to Madeleine" collects for the first time in English the remarkable letters and poems sent by French poet Guillaume Apollinaire to his fiancee, Madeleine Pages, during World War I. This fascinating correspondence bears witness to the typical yet deeply idiosyncratic experience of Apollinaire at an especially crucial moment of his existence as man and artist. Apollinaire shares with Madeleine his thoughts on art and literature from Racine to Tolstoy, and at the same time he uniquely documents the daily life of a soldier at the front during the Great War. As well, the letters reveal intimate and little-known aspects of Apollinaire's personality - from his childhood and tastes to his grandest aesthetic ideas. Writing about the letters in his biography of Apollinaire, Francis Steegmuller noted, 'Nowhere, is there a more 'living picture' of a poet in a war...or, outside of Stendhal, a more vivid picture of war itself'. "Letters to Madeleine" is a moving portrait of a poet facing one of humanity's starkest realities, and it will be of interest to not only fans of Apollinaire but those interested in personal accounts of World War I as well.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781905422920
(226mm x 200mm x 53mm)
Imprint: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publisher: Seagull Books London Ltd
Publish Date: 23-Dec-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Guillaume Apollinaire
Zone, Paperback (January 2016)
Provides full range of Apollinaire's poetry, from his traditional lyric verse to his avant-garde calligrammatic pieces. This volume includes an introduction by Peter Read, as well as a preface, helpful endnotes, and an annotated bibliography by Padgett.
Selected Poems, Paperback (November 2015)
Apollinaire is the most significant French poet of early modernism and the only great First World War poet from France. He coined the word 'surrealism' and was at the forefront of literary and artistic experimentalism. This new selection covers the full range of his career in facing-page translations, with some pictorial calligrams.
Self-Dismembered Man, Paperback (March 2004)
Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) was a central figure in the Modernist movement in Europe. This bilingual collection of his poems, here translated by Donald Revelle, illuminates Apollinaire's crucial and continuing influence on the European and American avant-garde. His "The Pretty Redhead" is included.
Calligrammes, Paperback (March 2004)» View all books by Guillaume Apollinaire
Apollinaire - Roman by birth, Polish by name, Parisian by choice - died at thirty-eight in 1918. Nevertheless, he became one of the leading figures in twentieth-century poetry, a transitional figure whose work at once echoes the Symbolists and anticipates the work of the Surrealists. This title presents Apollinaire's poems.
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Author Biography - Guillaume Apollinaire
Guillaume Apollinaire's (1880-1918) works include The Decaying Enchanter, The Bestiary, The Spirits, and Caligrams. He is credited with coining the term "surrealism." Donald Nicholson-Smith has translated many works from the French.
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