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Osip Mandelstam

Osip Mandelstam
Selected Essays

The essays in this volume, presented in an exceptionally scrupulous and true translation, were selected because they represent Mandelstam's major poetic themes and his thought on literature, language and culture, and the work and place of the poet.

January 1977
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270 pages | 6 x 9 |
ISBN: 
978-0-292-74145-4
Description: 

Osip Mandelstam, who died anonymously in a Siberian transit-camp in 1938, is now generally considered to be among the four or five greatest Russian poets of the twentieth century. The essays in this volume, presented in an exceptionally scrupulous and true translation, were selected because they represent Mandelstam's major poetic themes and his thought on literature, language and culture, and the work and place of the poet. Mandelstam's views on literature are profound and original, and they are expressed in striking and dramatic, if sometimes difficult, prose. These essays deal with such topics as the poetic process and the relationship of poetry to politics, culture, the traditions of the past, and the demands of the present.

Sidney Monas's lively introduction to the work and life of Mandelstam combines the virtues of both the critical essay and detached scholarship. Keeping biographical detail to a minimum, Monas concentrates on the pattern that runs through the essays and lends them that coherence often noted in Mandelstam's poetry.

Contents: 
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Friends and Enemies of the Word
  • Conversation about Dante, translated by Clarence Brown and Robert Hughes
  • 1. About Poetry
    • From the Author
    • The Word and Culture
    • Attack
    • About an Interlocutor
    • About the Nature of the Word
    • Notes about Poetry
    • The End of the Novel
    • Badger’s Burrow
    • The Nineteenth Century
    • Peter Chaadaev
    • Notes about Chénier
    • François Villon
  • 2. Uncollected Essays and Fragments
    • Pushkin and Scriabin (Fragments)
    • The Morning of Acmeism
    • Literary Moscow
    • Literary Moscow: Birth of the Fabula
    • Storm and Stress
    • Humanism and Modern Life
    • Fourth Prose
  • 3. Journey to Armenia
    • Sevan
    • Ashot Ovanesian
    • Zamoskvorech’e
    • Sukhum
    • The French
    • Around the Naturalists
    • Ashtarak
    • Alagez
  • Notes
  • Index of Names
Author: 

Sidney Monas is Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages at the University of Texas at Austin.

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