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  • Rimbaud: Arthur Rimbaud and the Magic of Poetry
  • Arthur Rimbaud: Selected Poems
  • Arthur Rimbaud: A Season in Hell
  • Andre Gide: Fiction and Fervour in the Novels
  • Samuel Beckett Goes Into the Silence
  • In the Dim Void: Samuel Beckett's Late Trilogy
  • German Popular Stories: Grimm Brothers
  • Beauties, Beasts and Enchantment: Classic French Fairy Tales
  • Julia Kristeva: Art, Love, Melancholy, Philosophy, Semiotics and Psychoanalysis
  • Luce Irigaray: Lips, Kissing, and the Politics of Sexual Difference
  • Helénè Cixous I Love You: The Jouissance of Writing
  • Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism
  • German Romantic Poetry: Goethe, Novalis, Heine, Hölderlin
  • Rilke: Space, Essence and Angels in the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Novalis: Hymsn To the Night
  • Rainer Maria Rilke: Dance the Orange: Selected Poems
  • Hölderlin's Songs of Light: Selected Poems
  • Stepping Forward: Essays, Lectures and Interviews
  • Dante: Selections From the Vita Nuova
  • Dante Studies: Dante in Love: The Vita Nuova
  • Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours: The Religion of Love and Poetry
  • Cavafy: Anatomy of a Soul
  • Sappho: Poems
  • Arseny Tarkovsky: Life, Life: Selected Poems
  • Poetic Forms: A Handbook of Stanza-forms from the History of Poetry

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    Rimbaud

    Arthur Rimbaud and the Magic of Poetry


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A new study of France's extraordinary 16 year-old genius poet, the ever-rebel who ran away from home, had a debauched, Bohemian relationship with Paul Verlaine, gave up writing poetry at 19, and ended up in Aden gun-running and slave-trading. This book looks at Rimbaud's theory of poetics; his famous 'seer letter'; his ecstatic lyrical voice; his early works; the famous 'Le Bateau ivre'; and his two amazing mythopœic statements: Illuminations and A Season in Hell.

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    European Writers Series  With notes and bibliography  115pp  ISBN 1-871846-56-0     £14.99 / $22.99

     
    Et comme il savourait surtout les sombres choses,
    Quand, dans la chambre nue aux persiennes closes,
    Haute et bleue, âcrement prise d’humidité,
    Il lisait son roman sans cesse médité,
    Plein de lourds ciels ocreux et de forêts noyés,
    De fleurs de chair aux bois sidérals déployées,
    Vertige, écroulements, déroutes et pitié!
    - Tandis que se faisait la rumeur du quartier,
    En bas, - seul, et couché sur des pièces de toile
    Ecrue, et pressentant violemment la voile!

    (And as he savoured dark things especially,
    When, in his bare room with its closed shutters,
    High and blue, with its arid humidity,
    He read his novel, always thinking about it,
    Full of heavy ochre skies and drowning forests,
    Of flowers of flesh strewn in starry woods,
    Vertigo, crumblings, disaster and pity!
    - While the noise of the neighbourhood continued
    Down below, - alone, and lying on pieces of
    Canvas, and violently envisioning an unbleached sail.)

    (Arthur Rimbaud, from 'Seven Year-old Poets')
     
     

    Arthur Rimbaud, life and work
     


    Arthur Rimbaud

    Morning of Ecstasy: Selected Poems


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    edited and translated by Andrew Jary
     

    These new versions of searing lyricism will delight lovers of poetry. Jary has selected the most representative pieces by the whirlwind poet, including 'The Drunken Boat', 'Memory', and healthy chunks of A Season in Hell and Illuminations. Jary has produced clear, unfussy translations of Rimbaud's fiery verse. With the French text.
    For a time, when he was a teenager until he was 19, art was crucial for the psychic well-being of the restless Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891). The young would-be rebel Rimbaud escaped from the bland provincial town of Charleville in Northern France to wander the streets of Paris in poverty. After writing his Illuminations and A Season in Hell, some of the most extraordinary poems of all world literature, Rimbaud renounced it all for a hellish and apparently boring life in Aden. 'Mortel, ange ET demon, autant dire Rimbaud,' as Rimbaud's lover, Paul Verlaine wrote ('Mortal, angel AND demon, that is to say Rimbaud'.)

    Illustrated, with a newly revised text for this edition.

    European Writers Series   Notes, illustrations & bibliography.  120pp   ISBN 9781861713650     £7.99 / $11.99
     
     
     
     

    MATINEE D'IVRESSE

    O mon Bien! O mon Beau! Fanfare atroce où je ne trébuche point! Chevalet féerique! Hourra pour l’œuvre inouïe et pour le corps merveilleux, pour la première fois! Cela commença sous les rires des enfants, cela finira par eux. Ce poison va rester dans toutes nos veines même quand, la fanfare tournant, nous serons rendu à l’ancienne inharmonie. O maintenant nous si digne de ces tortures! rassemblons fervemment cette promesse surhumaine faite à notre corps et à notre âme créés: cette promesse, cette démence! L’élégance, la science, la violence! On nous a promis d’enterrer dans l’ombre l’arbre du bien et du mal, de déporter les honnêtetés tyranniques, afin que nous amenions notre très pur amour. Cela commença par quelques dégouts et cela finit, - ne pouvant nous saisir sur-le-champ de cette éternité, - cela finit par une débande de parfums.
     Rire des enfants, discrétion des esclaves, austérité des vierges, horreur des figures et des objets d’ici, sacrés soyez-vous parle souvenir de cette veille. Cela commençait par toute la rustrerie, voici que cela finit par des anges de flamme et de glace.
     Petite veille d’ivresse, sainte! quand ce ne serait que pour le masque dont tu nous as gratifié. Nous t’affirmons, méthode! Nous n’oublions pas que tu as glorifié hier chacun de nos âges. Nous avons foi au poison. Nous savons donner notre vie tout entière tous les jours.
     Voici le temps des ASSASSINS.
     

    (O my Good! O my Beautiful! Atrocious fanfare where I do not stumble! Enchanted rack! Hurrah for the extraordinary work and for the wondrous body, for the first time! This began with the laughter of children, and it will end there. This poison will stay in all our veins even when, fanfare revolving, we return to the old discord, O now we are worthy of these tortures! let us fervently bring together again this superhuman promise made to our created bodies, our souls: this promise, this madness! Elegance, science, violence! they promised us they would bury in a shadow the tree of good and evil, and send away tyrannical honesty, so that we could bring forth our very pure love. It all began with some disgust and ended, - as we could not seize eternity on the spot - it ended with a rout of perfumes.
    Laughter of children, discretion of slaves, austerity of virgins, horror of figures and objects from here, make sacred the memory of that night. It began in total loutishness, and here it ends with angels of fire and ice.
    Little night of ecstasy, holy! if only for the mask you bequeathed to us. We affirm you, method! We will not forget that you glorified all our epochs yesterday . We have faith in poison. We will give our lives entirely every day.
    This is the time of the ASSASSINS.)

    (Arthur Rimbaud, 'Matinee d'ivresse' ['Morning of Ecstasy'])
     

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    Arthur Rimbaud:

    A Season in Hell


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    edited and translated by Andrew Jary

    A new translation of Arthur Rimbaud's extraordinary poetic statement, written in 1873. The sensual, violent and anguished emotion in Rimbaud's visionary 'alchemy of the word' remains startling, and continues to inspire poets. Printed with the French text facing the translation.
    Arthur Rimbaud is the tornado of world poetry. He out-blasts just about every other poet. For poets, he is more significant than the so-called 'founding fathers' or influential philosophers of modern times: Marx, Freud, Nietzsche and Einstein. For poets, he is 'everybody's favourite hippy', a Communard, a 'precursor of the current movement of subversion of Western notions of self, society, and discourse', and a savage mystic.
     
     

    The book has been newly revised.

    European Writers Series   Notes, illustrations & bibliography.  104pp

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713605    £7.99 / $11.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713773   £19.99 / $29.99
     
     

    Je vais dévoiler tous les mystères: mystères religieux ou naturels, mort, naissance, avenir, passé, cosmogonie, néant. Je sui maître en fantasmagories.
    Ecoutez!…
    J’ai tous les talents! - Il n’y a personne ici et il y a quelqu’un: je ne voudrais pas répandre mon trésor. - Veut-on des chants nègres, des danses de houris? Veut-on que je disparaisse, que je plonge à la recherche de l’anneau? Veut-on? Je ferai de l’or, des remèdes.

    (I will unveil all mysteries: religious mysteries or natural, death, birth, the future, the past, cosmogony, nothingness. I am master of phantasmagorias.
    Listen!...
    I have every talent! - There is nobody here and there is someone: I would not like to give out my treasure -Would you like Black songs, houri dances. Would you like me to disappear, to plunge to discover the ring. Would you? I will make gold, and remedies.)

    (Arthur Rimbaud, from A Season in Hell)



     
     

    André Gide

    Fiction and Fervour in the Novels


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    André Gide is the acclaimed literary giant of modern French literature. Throughout his career Gide exalted the role of the writer: as he wrote his letters and Journals he was always conscious of being a writer, of being read. This self-reflexivity and mise-en-abyme is found in the early works, Paludes, the mid-period novels, Strait is the Gate and The Vatican Cellars, and the modernist The Counterfeiters, in which the writing of the novel becomes more interesting (to the writer) than the story itself. There are detailed chapters on the early, ecstatic work Fruits of the Earth, and the proto-Existentialist novel The Immoralist.

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes  110pp  ISBN 1-86171-030-5     £14.99 / $22.99
     

    Nathaniel, I will teach you fervour...

    (André Gide, from Fruits of the Earth
     

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    Samuel Beckett Goes Into the Silence


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    Samuel Beckett's art is much debated in critical circles: this book sets out to discover why. Beckett's sense of poetry and language and its relation to creativity and culture is central to his art. All the major fiction and plays are studied, including the Unnamable trilogy, Waiting For Godot, Endgame, How It Is, the short prose pieces of the 1960s and 70s, and the late plays and texts. Other chapters discuss the collaboration with Billie Whitelaw; Beckett's æsthetics of theatre; his relation to philosophers such as Sartre and Heidegger; and his use of silence.

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography, notes  121pp  ISBN 1-871846-41-2     £14.99 / $22.99  NEW EDITION FORTHCOMING

     
    The light there was then. On your back in the dark the light there was then. Sunless cloudless brightness. You slip away at break of day and climb to your hiding place on the hillside. A nook in the gorse. East beyond the sea the faint shape of high mountain. Seventy miles away according to your Longman. For the third or fourth time in your life. The first time you told them and were derided. All you had seen was cloud. So now you hoard it in your heart with the rest. Back home at nightfall supperless to bed. You lie in the dark and are back in that light. Straining out from your nest in the gorse with your eyes across the water till they ache. You close them while you count a hundred. Then open and strain again. Again and again. Till in the end it is there. Palest blue against the pale sky. You lie in the dark and are back in that light. Fall asleep in that sunless cloudless light. Sleep till morning light.

    (Samuel Beckett, from Company)
     
     


    In the Dim Void

    Samuel Beckett's Late Trilogy: Company, Ill Seen, Ill Said and Worstward Ho

    (new edition)


    ....

    by Gregory Johns

    This book discusses the luminous beauty and dense, rigorous poetry of Beckett's late works, Company, Ill Seen, Ill Said and Worstward Ho. Johns looks back over Beckett's long writing career, charting the development from the Molloy-Malone Dies-Unnamable trilogy through the 'fizzles' of the 1960s to the elegiac lyricism of the Company series. Johns compares the trilogy with late plays such as Ghosts, Footfalls and Rockaby.

    AUTHOR’S NOTE: The late trilogy of short prose works, the Nohow or Company trilogy, is a beautiful, lyrical work from Samuel Beckett, which I have explored in I hope is an informative and insightful manner. I have revised the text throughout, and have also brought the bibliography and references up-to-date.

    Gregory Johns taught English at the University of Iowa until his return to England in 1987. His articles have appeared in many leading journals. His books include critical studies of Thomas Pynchon, Raymond Carver and Paul Verlaine. He lives in Cornwall.

    This new edition has been completely revised.
    Includes photographs of Samuel Beckett and his plays, and a bibliography.

    Bibliography, notes, illustrations.   132pp

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861712974 and ISBN 1861712356    £9.99 / $15.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861712608    £24.99 / $36.99

    E-BOOK     9781861713407    £5.99 / $8.99
     



    BROTHERS GRIMM
     
     

    German Popular Stories

    Brothers Grimm

    Adapted by Edgar Taylor. Edited by Jack Zipes

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    A reprint of the famous Brothers Grimm book of fairy tales, German Popular Stories (a.k.a. Children’s and Household Tales or Kinder- und Hausmärchen). This book, published for the centenary of the 1812 Children’s and Household Tales, ‘radically changed the destiny of what we today call the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm’.
    The book features the 1868 book of Edgar Taylor’s translations of the Brothers Grimm, the first translations of the tales into English, which included reprints of the first two editions of 1823 and 1826 of the Grimms’ stories in one volume, plus the original notes by Taylor.
     

    German Popular Stories includes:
    • illustrations by remarkable drawings by one of the great artists of the Victorian era, George Cruikshank,
    • an introduction by John Ruskin.
    • Additional material includes letters by Sir Walter Scott and the Grimms.
    • a note on George Cruikshank.
    • extracts from Gammer Grethel, Taylor’s follow-up Grimm book.
    • R. Meek’s Introduction to the 1876 edition of Grimm’s Goblins. Grimm’s Household Stories.


    Many famous fairy tales are included here, making their first, influential appearance in English: ‘The Fisherman and his Wife’, ‘Tom Thumb’, ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’, ‘King Grisly-beard’, ‘The Juniper Tree’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’, and ‘Snow White’.

    Edited and introduced by renowned writer and authority on fairy tales, Jack Zipes, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work, he is an active storyteller in public schools and has worked with children's theaters in Europe and the United States.
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713964   £16.99 / $24.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713513   £44.99 / $66.99
     


    Beauties, Beasts and Enchantment


    Classic French Fairy Tales

    ...

    Translated with an Introduction by Jack Zipes

    A new collection of 36 French fairy tales translated by renowned writer Jack Zipes. Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Sleepy Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood are some of the classic fairy tales in this amazing book. Includes
    illustrations from fairy tale collections.

    ‘Terrific... a succulent array of 17th and 18th century ‘salon’ fairy tales’
    - The New York Times Book Review

    ‘These tales are adventurous, thrilling in a way fairy tales are meant to be... The translation from the French is modern, happily free of archaic and hyperbolic language... a fine and sophisticated collection’
    - New York Tribune

    ‘Enjoyable to read... a unique collection of French regional folklore’
    - Library Journal

    ‘Charming stories accompanied by attractive pen-and-ink drawings’
    - Chattanooga Times

    ‘An excellent collection’
    - Booklist
     

    Jack Zipes is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work, he is an active storyteller in public schools and has worked with children’s theaters in Europe and the United States. Some of his major publications include Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tales (1979), Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion (1983, rev. ed. 2006), Don’t Bet on the Prince: Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England (1986), The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World (1988), Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter (2000), Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children (2004), Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller (2005), and Why Fairy Tales Stick: The Evolution and Relevance of a Genre (2006). He has also translated The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (1987) and edited The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (2000), and The Great Fairy Tale Tradition (2001). Most recently he has translated and edited The Folk and Fairy Tales of Giuseppe Pitrè (2008) and Lucky Hans and other Merz Fairy Tales (2008) by Kurt Schwitters.
     
     

    Introduction and llustrations    520pp
     

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861712516    £20.00 / $32.00
     
     



     

    Julia Kristeva

    Art, Love, Melancholy, Philosophy, Semiotics and Psychoanalysis


    ...

    by Kelly Ives

    Julia Kristeva is a highly influential French philosopher and writer whose work encompasses semiotics; linguitics; women in China; modern America; the intellectual or dissident; concepts such as the power of horror; abjection; melancholy; and the chora or 'semiotic, pre-oedipal realm'; the Madonna and maternal world; and avant garde modernists such as Artaud, Joyce, Mallarme and Beckett.

    Julia Kristeva has produced a huge body of work, going back to the 1960s. She is a remarkable thinker by any standards, but some of her ideas can be a little tricky and avant garde to grasp at first (the chora, the semiotic realm, the abject, etc). She uses a good deal of psychology, drawing on Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, as well as cultural theory.

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     
     

    European Writers Series  Bibliography, illustrations and notes  172pp

    PBK   ISBN 1861712899    £14.99 / $22.99

    HBK   ISBN 1861712738   £29.99 / $44.99
     
     
     

    In a world in which the Other has collapsed, the æsthetic task - a descent into the foundations of the symbolic construct - amounts to retracting the fragile limits of the speaking being, closest to its dawn, to the bottomless “primacy” constituted by primal repression. Through that experience, which is nevertheless managed by the Other, “subject” and “object” push each other away, confront each other, collapse, and start again - inseparable, contaminated, condemned, at the boundary of what is assimilable, thinkable. Great modern literature unfolds over that terrain: Dostoyevsky, Lautréamont, Proust, Artaud, Kafka, Céline.

    (Julia Kristeva, from Powers of Horror)
     
     

    To read an extract from the introduction, click here



     
     

    Luce Irigaray

    Lips, Kissing, and the Politics of Sexual Difference


    .....

    by Kelly Ives

    An exploration of the often controversial French thinker and feminist. Ives discusses Irigaray's relation with Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan, and other feminists. Irigaray's provocative notions include: labial lips embracing; sexual difference; the speculum; 'sexuate rights' and sexual ethics; women's language and power; angels; and female mystics.

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     
     

    European Writers Series  Bibliography and notes  126pp  ISBN 9781861711885    £14.99 / $22.99
     
     



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    Hélène Cixous I Love You

    The Jouissance of Writing

    (new edition)


    ....

    by Kelly Ives

    Hélène Cixous is a challenging and lyrical French feminist and writer, author of the influential esay "The Laugh of the Medusa" and (with Catherine Clément) The Newly-Born Woman. Cixous is immensely productive, writing novels, plays, essays and poetic prose. Her ideas have provoked much debate in feminism: on the body, orgasmic writing, 'feminine' texts ('écriture féminine'), essentialism and the Nietzschean 'gift'.

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Brontë and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     
     

    European Writers Series    Bibliography and notes   182pp    ISBN 1861711891     £14.99 / $22.99     NEW
     

    Walking, dancing, pleasure: these accompany the poetic act. I wonder what kind of poet doesn’t wear out their shoes, writes with their head. The true poet is a reveller. Poetry is about travelling on foot and all its substitutes, all forms of transportation.
     

    (Hélène Cixous, from Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing)
     



     
     

    Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva

    The Jouissance of French Feminism

    (new edition)

    ....

    by Kelly Ives

    As writers, philosophers, speakers and feminists, Julia Kristeva, Hélène Cixous and Luce Irigaray are among the most provocative, subtle and illuminating voices in contemporary culture. Their concepts and methodologies continue to excite debate and contention among feminists and cultural critics. Ives discusses their major ideas, which include: jouissance and 'explosive' sexuality; women and marginality; the 'gift'; the pre-oedipal chora and semiotic realm; labial lips that embrace; social oppression; the relations between writing, language and identity; and the politics of gender, patriarchy and motherhood. Ives studies the relation of Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva to other feminists, and to figures such as Nietzsche, de Beauvoir, Hegel, Marx, Joyce, Derrida, Barthes, Rimbaud, Lacan and Freud.

    A useful guide to some of the key ideas of the three French philosophers and feminists, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray and Helene Cixous (though none of them were born in France). They all have highly individual approaches to philosophy and feminism - and sometimes quite eccentric ideas. They also don’t write like anyone else - Cixous in particular is a very poetic writer, and a very beautiful and emotional writer, too.

    Cixous, Irigaray and Kristeva have all written an enormous amount of material, and it can be daunting trying to absorb all of their many books. This study looks at some of their important ideas, and some of their more unusual views.

    Kelly Ives teaches women's studies and feminist theory at the University of California. Her books include Reading the Silences (1988), on writers such as Jane Austen, Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf, Lesbian Tracks (1991), on lesbianism in pop music, Wild Zones: Pornography, Art and Feminism (Crescent Moon, 1994) and Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: The Jouissance of French Feminism (Crescent Moon 1996).
     
     

    This new edition has a new introduction and a new bibliography, and has been completely updated.
    Full bibliography and notes   196pp
     

    PBK   ISBN 1861712875    £14.99 / $22.99

    HBK   ISBN 1861712691   £29.99 / $44.99
     

    As intersection of corporeal passion and idealization, love is undisputably the privileged experience for the blossoming of metaphor (abstract for concrete, concrete for abstract) as well as incarnation (the spirit becoming flesh, the word-flesh). Unless incarnation is a metaphor that has slipped into the real and has been taken for reality? A hallucination that is assumed to be real on account of the violence of amorous passion, which is in fact the ordinary manifestation of an alienation that confuses the fields of representation (real ? imaginary ? symbolic?)

    (Julia Kristeva, from Tales of Love)


     



     
     


     

    German Romantic Poetry

    Goethe, Novalis, Heine, Hölderlin

    (new edition)


    ...

    by Carol Appleby

    This critical literary study looks at the chief poets and philosophers of the Romantic era who, between them, forged a new cult of mystical, lyrical poetry. After a discussion of the key ideas of German Romanticism (infinity, eternity, nostalgia, mythology, Hellenism, extremity, sensuality), Appleby concentrates on the poets: from Goethe, 'the last Renaissance man', as he is sometimes called, to the shamanic, Neoplatonic poet Novalis and his Hymen an die Nacht.

    The new edition contains a selection of poems by each poet.

    The book has been newly revised.

    AUTHOR’S NOTE: This book offers an introduction to four of the great German poets of the Romantic era aimed at first-time readers of poetry, students, but also readers familiar with their work. I have concentrated on the poetry, and have included many quotes. Some of the well-known poems by the writers are featured in the second half of the book.

    With bibliography, illustrations, notes    188pp

    PAPERBACK   ISBN 9781861713254    £11.99 / $17.99

    HARDBACK   ISBN 9781861713582    £24.99 / $36.999
     
     

    Geh unter, schöne Sonne, sie achteten
     Nur wenig dein, sie kannten dich, Heilg, nicht,
      Denn mühelos und stille bist du
       Über den mühsamen aufgegangen.

    (Go down, then, lovely sun, for but little they
     Regarded you, nor, holy one, knew your worth,
      Since without toil you rose, and quiet,
       Over a people for ever toiling.)

    (Friedrich Hölderlin, "Geh unter, schöne Sonne, sie achteten")


     



     

    Novalis


    Hymns To the Night and Spiritual Songs

    ...

    Edited by Carol Appleby

    Translated by George Macdonald

    The German Romantic poet Novalis (Friedrich von Hardenberg, 1772-1801) is the most mystical of the German Romantic poets. He is at once the most typical and the most unusual of the German Romantics, indeed, of all Romantic poets. His best known work, Hymen an die Nacht - Hymns To the Night -was published in 1800.
    Novalis is supremely idealistic, far more so than Johann Wolfgang von Goethe or Heinrich Heine. He died young, which makes him, like Percy Shelley and John Keats, something of a hero (or martyr). He did not write as much as Shelley, but his work, like that of Keats or Arthur Rimbaud, promised much.
    Includes Novalis' Spiritual Songs, and an introduction to the poet.
     

    With bibliography, notes abd illustrations    164pp

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    Rilke

    Space, Essence and Angels in the Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke


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    by B.D. Barnacle

    Rainer Maria Rilke is probably the great 20th century poet, certainly one of the richest, most potent and lyrically beautiful of all poets. This book looks at many of Rilke's curious notions: of the 'Open', which is identified with death; of innerness or 'Kunst-Ding' in the New Poems (derived from Rilke's time with Rodin); of the Nietzschean Angel in the Duino Elegies; and of love and death in the late Sonnets to Orpheus.

    B.D. Barnacle taught English in Paris until 1980. He now teaches in Oxford. His books include John Donne (1978), The Victorian Novel: Bronte, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy (1984), Shakespeare (Crescent Moon, 1992) and Rilke (Crescent Moon, 1993).
     
     

    European Writers Series   Bibliography, notes  76pp  ISBN 1-871846-76-5    £7.99 / $11.99

     
    The transforming experience which then seized me at a hundred places at once, emanated from the great reality of your being. I had never before, in my groping hesitancy, felt life so much, believed in the present, and recognized the future so much. You were the opposite of all doubt and witness to the fact that everything you touch, reach and see exists.

    (Rilke, letter to Lou Andreas-Salomé, November, 1903)
     

    Rainer Maria Rilke, life and work
     
     



     
     

    Rainer Maria Rilke

    Dance the Orange: Selected Poems


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    translated by Michael Hamburger and edited by Jeremy Mark Robinson
     

    This new collection includes poems taken from the time of the great German poet's New Poems through the Duino Elegies to the last pieces. These are some of Rilke's best works; they are intense, compact, lyrical and lucid, by turns erotic, heartfelt and mystical. Hamburger's excellent translations have the German original facing each poem.
    Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) is one of the greatest of all lyrical poets. Rilke is part of that group of European poets and writers which includes Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Rimbaud, Georg Trakl, Marina Tsvetajeva, and friends such as Andre Gide, Lou Andreas-Salome and Paul Valery.

    This edition has ben newly revised.

    European Writers Series   Notes, illustrations & bibliography.   112pp    ISBN 9781861713667    £9.99 / $15.99

     
    Inside a rose your bed stands, beloved. Your very self
    (oh, I the swimmer against the current of fragrance)
    I have lost. As to my life before now
    these (from outside uncountable) three times three months are,
    so, beaten inward, not till then shall I be. All at once,
    two millennia before that new creature
    whom we enjoy when the touching begins,
    suddenly: faced with you, I am born, in the eye.

    (Rainer Maria Rilke, 'Arrival')
     
     

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    Hölderlin's Songs of Light

    Selected Poems


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    by Friedrich Hölderlin

    translated by Michael Hamburger and edited  by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    The German Romantic poet Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) is one of the very greatest poets - of any era. Hölderlin's poetry is airy, radiant and incredibly lyrical. This selection features many of his best odes, poems and hymns, from the whole span of his career. Michael Hamburger is a respected poet and critic. He has translated Rilke, Celan and Goethe, among others, as well the whole of Hölderlin's poetry. Hamburger's awards include The Schlegel-Tieck Prize, the Goethe Medal and the European Translation Prize.

    'Few can have done more to enhance (and in many cases create) the appreciation of German poetry among an Anglophone audience' (Times Literary Supplement)

    The book has been newly revised.

    European Writers Series  Notes & bibliography. 112pp

    ISBN 9781861713339   £9.99 / $15.99
     

    TO DIOTIMA

    Beautiful being, you live as do delicate blossoms in winter,
     In a world that's grown old hidden you blossom, alone.
    Lovingly outward you press to bask in the light of the springtime,
     To be warmed by it still, look for the youth of the world.
    But your sun, the lovelier world, has gone down now,
     And the quarrelling gales rage in an icy bleak night.

              (Friedrich Hölderlin, 'To Diotima')
     

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    New, unpublished pieces on reader theory; Tom Jones; fictionalizing; and cultural studies, among others. Iser is a leading exponent of 'reception theory'.

    Wolfgang Iser's books include The Implied Reader (1974), The Act of Reading (1978), Prospecting (1989) and The Fictive and the Imaginary (1993). He has written books on Laurence Sterne (1988) and Walter Pater (1987). He is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Constance in Germany.
     
     

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    Dante

    Selections From the Vita Nuova (new edition)


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    Poems and prose from Dante Alighieri's New Life, his 'Book of Memory', recording his religious devotion to his believed Beatrice, translated by Thomas Okey, with the original Italian text on the facing page. Okey's tender, lyrical versions of Dante's great book of romantic love date from the early years of the 20th century. Finn-Kelcey's introduction explores the intricate emotional psychology of the Dante-poet, and his unsurpassed talent for making poetry out of love, loss and memory.

    Joanna Finn-Kelcey has taught European languages at the University of Cambridge and Ohio State University. Her books include Mediaeval Representations (1991) and Dante Studies: Dante in Love, on the Vita Nuova (Crescent Moon, 1997).
     
     

    European Writers Series  Bibliography and notes  96pp  ISBN 1861711522  £10.00 / $16.00

     
    ...che questa mirabile donna aparve a me vestita di colore bianchissimo, in mezzo di due gentili donne, le quali erano di più lunga etade; e passando per una via, volse gli occhi verso quella parte ov'io era molto pauroso; e per la sua ineffabile cortesia, la quale è oggi meritata nel grande secolo, mi salutò molto vir-tuosamente tanto, che mi parve allora vedere tutti i termini della beautitudine.
    [...this wondrous lady appeared to me clothed in hue of purest white in the midst of two gentle ladies who were of fuller age; and passing by the way she turned her eyes towards that part where I was right fearful; and of her ineffable courtesy which now is rewarded in the greater world, gave me a salutation of such virtue, that methought I beheld the utter-most bounds of blessedness.]

    (Dante, from the Vita Nuova, III)
     
     


    Dante Studies: Dante in Love

    The Vita Nuova


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    by Joanna Finn-Kelcey

    Dante Alighieri 's early work, the Vita Nuova or 'New Life' was one of the most influential books in the history of love poetry. Finn-Kelcey discusses the links between Dante and his contemporaries, the stilnovisti; Dante and the troubadours; Dante and the courtly love tradition; the discourses of self, identity, autobiography, eroticism and gender in the Vita Nuova; and Dante's sexual politics

    Joanna Finn-Kelcey has taught European languages at the University of Cambridge and Ohio State University. Her books include Mediaeval Representations (1991) and Dante Studies: Dante in Love, on the Vita Nuova (forthcoming).
     
     

    European Writers Series  Bibliography, notes  160ppp  ISBN 1-86171-010-0     £14.99 / $22.99  forthcoming
     


    Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours

    The Religion of Love and Poetry


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    by Cassidy Hughes

    These two Renaissance writers tower over European culture. Here the love poetry of Francesco Petrarch (his Canzoniere) and Dante Alighieri (the Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy) is analyzed. Hughes places Dante and Petrarch in the courtly love tradition of the troubadours, Minnesangers, minstrels and stilnovisti, the creators of the great flowering of erotic poetry in the late Middle Ages.

    Cassidy Hughes is a writer and photographer. His previous books include Images of India (1982), Petrarch, Dante and the Troubadours (1992) and Sex in Art (1993). His photographs have been exhibited in London, Rome, Hong Kong and New York (among others). He lives near St Just in West Penwith, Cornwall.
     
     

    European Writers Series Bibliography and notes  122pp  ISBN 1-871846-71-4     £14.99 / $22.99
     

    Then Beatrice looked at me, her eyes
    sparkling with love and burning so divine,
    my strength of sight surrendered to her power -

    with eyes cast down, I was about to faint.

    (Dante, from the Divina Commedia)
     
     
     



     

    Cavafy: Anatomy of a Soul


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    by Matt Crispin

    A study of the great modern Greek poet, the master of melancholy lyricism and erotic nostalgia. C.P. Cavafy's poetry fluidly melded the mythological and historical Hellenic world with alienated, modern day Alexandria. Cavafy's poesie was always driven by one of the most intense (yet controlled) displays of sexual desire in modern literature. This is Matt Crispin's third book on Cavafy, and offers many insights into the poet's artistic disposition. Translations of Cavafy by the author.

    Matt Crispin has written three books on the Greek poet C.P. Cavafy. He has also written plays. He lives in Sussex.
     
     

    European Writers Series With notes and bibliography  110pp  ISBN 1-871846-22-6     £14.99 / $22.99

     
    The city will haunt you. You'll stroll
    in the same streets. You will age in the same places.
    And you will turn grey in the same rooms.
    You will again and again arrive back here.
    There is no ship for you, no way out.

    (C.P. Cavafy, from 'The City')
     
     



     
     


    Sappho: You Burn Me: Poems


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    translated by J.M. Edmonds and edited by Louise Cooper

    All of the important poems by the ancient Greek love poet are here, with the Greek original texts facing each poem.
     
     

    European Writers Series    Notes & bibliography.   78pp  ISBN 9781861711519   £10.00 / $16.00
     
     
     

    It is to be a god, methinks, to sit before you and listen close by to the sweet accents and winning laughter which have made the heart in my breast beat fast, I warrant you. When I look on you, Brocheo, my speech comes short or fails me quite, I am tongue-tied; in a moment a delicate fire has overrun my flesh, my eyes grow dim and my ears sing, the sweat runs down me and a trembling takes me altogether, till I am as green and pale as the grass, and death itself seems not very far away; but now that I am poor, I must fain be content...

    (Sappho)

     




     
     

    Arseny Tarkovsky

    Life, Life: Selected Poems


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    translated and edited by Virginia Rounding

    Arseny Tarkovsky is the neglected Russian poet, father of the acclaimed film director Andrei Tarkovsky. This new book gathers together many of Tarkovsky's most lyrical and heartfelt poems, in Rounding's clear, new translations. Many of Tarkovsky's poems appeared in his son's films, such as Mirror, Stalker, Nostalghia and The Sacrifice. There is an introduction by Rounding, and a bibliography of both Arseny and Andrei Tarkovsky.

    Arseny Aleksandrovich Tarkovsky was was born in June 1907 in Elizavetgrad, later named Kirovograd. He studied at the Academy of Literature in Moscow from 1925 to 1929, and also worked in the editorial office of the journal Gudok. He was well respected as a translator, especially of the Oriental classics, but was little known as a poet for most of his life, being unable to get any of his own work published during the Stalinist era. His poems did not begin to appear in book form until he was over fifty. His son, the film director Andrei Tarkovsky, made extensive use of his father's in some of his films, and certain of his diary entries indicate the esteem in which the poet was held in the Soviet Union towards the end of his life. An entry written after Andrei had given a talk at the Moscow Physical Institute in 1980, for instance, reproduces the following note from a member of the audience: 'An enormous number of people in this hall admire Arseny Aleksandrovich Tarkovsky as a great Russian poet. Please convey our respects to him.' One of the few recorded public appearances of Arseny Tarkovsky was at the funeral of Anna Akhmatova; he was one of three writers deputed to accompany her coffin from Domodedovo to Leningrad, and he read both at her funeral in Komarovo and at the first evening held in her memory in Moscow. He died in 1989 and is now beginning to be recognised as one of the many significant Russian poets of the twentieth century.

    Bibliography, illustations (including from Andrei Tarkovsky's films), and notes    110pp

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    IGNATYEVO FOREST
     

    The last leaves' embers in total immolation
    Rise into the sky; this whole forest
    Seethes with irritation, just as we did
    That last year we lived together.

    (Arseny Tarkovsky, from 'Ignatyevo Forest')
     
     

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    Poetic Forms

    A Handbook of Stanza-forms from the History of Poetry


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    by Jeremy Mark Robinson

    A guide to traditional forms of verse, such as the sonnet, ode, elegy and quatrain, as well as some lesser known poetic forms used in mediæval and Renaissance Europe, as found in Petrarch, Sceve, Tasso, Dante and the troubadours (eg the canso and dizain).

    Jeremy Robinson's books include Glorification: Religious Abstraction in Renaissance and 20th Century Art (1990), Arthur Rimbaud (1992), Lawrence Durrell (1995) and Detonation Britain: Nuclear War in the UK (1997). He edits two magazines, Passion and Pagan America (a journal of American poetry).
     
     

    Bibliography  30pp  ISBN 1-871846-75-7  £3.99 / $6.00
     



     

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