On Grief and Reason: Essays
By (author) Joseph Brodsky
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On Grief and Reason: Essays by Joseph Brodsky
Book DescriptionOn Grief and Reason is the second volume of Joseph Brodsky's essays, and the first to be published since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987. In addition to his Nobel lecture, the volume includes essays on the condition of exile, the nature of history, the art of reading, and the idea of the poet as an inveterate Don Giovanni, as well as a homage to Marcus Aurelius and an appraisal of the case of the double agent Kim Philby (the last two were selected for inclusion in the annual Best American Essays volume). The title essay is a consideration of the poetry of Robert Frost, and the book also includes a fond appreciation of Thomas Hardy, a "Letter to Horace, " a close reading of Rilke's poem "Orpheus. Eurydice. Hermes, " and a memoir of Stephen Spender. Among the other essays are Mr. Brodsky's open letter to Czech President Vaclav Havel and his "immodest proposal" for the future of poetry, an address he delivered while serving as U.S. Poet Laureate. In his Nobel lecture, Mr. Brodsky declared that "verse really does, in Akhmatova's words, grow from rubbish; the roots of prose are no more honorable" - but his own prose's flowering in these essays gives us thought and language at their noblest.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780374525095
(210mm x 146mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Joseph Brodsky
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Looking at every aspect of the city, from its waterways, streets and architecture to its food, politics and people, the author captures its magnificence and beauty, and recalls his own memories of the place he called home for many winters, as he remembers friends, lovers and enemies he has encountered.
Less Than One, Paperback (October 2011)
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On Grief and Reason, Paperback (October 2011)View all books by Joseph Brodsky
A collection of essays, that casts a reflective eye on the author's experiences of early life in Russia and exile in America. With erudition, it explores subjects as varied as the dynamic of poetry, the nature of history and the plight of the emigre writer. It also includes a disastrous trip to Brazil, advice to students, and more.
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Author Biography - Joseph Brodsky
Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) came to the United States in 1972, an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991 and 1992.
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