Divagations

ISBN-10: 0674032403
ISBN-13: 9780674032408
Edition: 2007
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Description: "This is a book just the way I don't like them," the father of French Symbolism, Steacute;phane Mallarmeacute;, informs the reader in his preface to Divagations: "scattered and with no architecture." On the heels of this caveat, Mallarmeacute;'s  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 4/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748

"This is a book just the way I don't like them," the father of French Symbolism, Steacute;phane Mallarmeacute;, informs the reader in his preface to Divagations: "scattered and with no architecture." On the heels of this caveat, Mallarmeacute;'s diverting, discursive, and gorgeously disordered 1897 masterpiece tumbles forth--and proves itself to be just the sort of book his readers like most.The salmagundi of prose poems, prose-poetic musings, criticism, and reflections that is Divagations has long been considered a treasure trove by students of aesthetics and modern poetry. If Mallarmeacute; captured the tone and very feel of fin-de-siegrave;cle Paris, he went on to captivate the minds of the greatest writers of the twentieth century--from Valeacute;ry and Eliot to Paul de Man and Jacques Derrida. This was the only book of prose he published in his lifetime and, in a new translation by Barbara Johnson, is now available for the first time in English as Mallarmeacute; arranged it. The result is an entrancing work through which a notoriously difficult-to-translate voice shines in all of its languor and musicality.Whether contemplating the poetry of Tennyson, the possibilities of language, a masturbating priest, or the transporting power of dance, Mallarmeacute; remains a fascinating companion--charming, opinionated, and pedantic by turns. As an expression of the Symbolist movement and as a contribution to literary studies, Divagations is vitally important. But it is also, in Johnson's masterful translation, endlessly mesmerizing.

St�phane Mallarm�, 1842 - 1898 French poet St�phane Mallarm� was born in Paris. His father and grandfather expected him to follow in the family tradition of French civil service but he didn't do well in school. Mallarm� began writing at a young age under the influence of Charles Baudelaire. After Mallarm� left school, he went to England and while there he got married. He was a schoolteacher from 1864 until his retirement in 1893. His first poems started appearing in magazines during the 1860's. He wrote his first important poem "L'Azur" and it was published when he was twenty-four years old. His most famous work is "L'Apres-Midi D'un Faune" (1865), and was inspired by Debussy's tone poem of the same name (1894) and illustrated by the famous painter Manet. Some of his other notable works are "Herodiade" (1896), and "Toast Funebre," which was written in memory of the author Theopile Gautier. Mallarm� spent his life putting his literary theories into practice by writing his Grand oeuvre (Great Work). On September 9, 1898, Mallarme died without completing this work. His experimental poem "Un Coup De Des" was published posthumously in 1914.

Barbara Johnson was the founder of Spatula Ministries, a coauthor of various Women of Faith devotionals, and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Boomerang Joy, Living Somewhere between Estrogen and Death, and Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy.

Autobiography
Preface
Anecdotes or Poems
The Phenomenon of the Future Autumn Lament Winter Shudder
The Demon of Analogy Poor Pale Child
The Pipe An Interrupted Performance Reminiscence
The Fairground Declaration
The White Waterlily A Man of the Cloth Glory Conflict
Volumes on My Divan Long Ago, in the Margins of a Copy of Baudelaire
Capsule Sketches and Full-Length
Portraits Piece: A Brief Summary of Vathek Villiers de l'Isle-Adam Verlaine Arthur Rimbaud Laurent Tailhade Beckford Tennyson
Viewed from Here Theodore de Banville Edgar Poe Whistler Edouard Manet
Richard Wagner: The Reverie of a French Poet
Scribbled at the Theater Scribbled at the Theater
Another Study of Dance: The Fundamentals of Ballet
"The Only One Would Have To Be as Fluid as the Sorcerer"
Mimesis Of Genre and the Moderns Parenthesis Stages and Pages Solemnity
Music and Letters Music and Letters
Crisis of Verse Crisis of Verse
About the Book Restricted Action Displays
The Book as Spiritual Instrument
The Mystery in Letters
Services Sacred Pleasure Catholicism
The SameImportant Miscellaneous News Briefs Gold Accusation Cloisters Magic Bucolic Solitude Confrontation
The Court SafeguardMallarme's
Bibliography
Translator's Note

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