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During the 20th Century, France was home to many of the world's greatest poets. This collection highlights some of the very best verse that came out of a country and century defined by war and liberation. Let Paul Auster guide you through some of the best poetry that 20th century France has to offer. "Indispensable . . . a book that everyone interested in modern poetry shou During the 20th Century, France was home to many of the world's greatest poets. This collection highlights some of the very best verse that came out of a country and century defined by war and liberation. Let Paul Auster guide you through some of the best poetry that 20th century France has to offer. "Indispensable . . . a book that everyone interested in modern poetry should have close to hand, a source of renewable delights and discoveries, a book that will long claim our attention . . . To my knowledge, no current anthology is as full and as deftly edited."--Peter Brooks, The New York Times Book Review "One of the freshest and most exciting books of poetry to appear in a long while . . . Paul Auster has provided the best possible point of entry into this century's most influential body of poetry."--Geoffrey O'Brien, The Village Voice


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During the 20th Century, France was home to many of the world's greatest poets. This collection highlights some of the very best verse that came out of a country and century defined by war and liberation. Let Paul Auster guide you through some of the best poetry that 20th century France has to offer. "Indispensable . . . a book that everyone interested in modern poetry shou During the 20th Century, France was home to many of the world's greatest poets. This collection highlights some of the very best verse that came out of a country and century defined by war and liberation. Let Paul Auster guide you through some of the best poetry that 20th century France has to offer. "Indispensable . . . a book that everyone interested in modern poetry should have close to hand, a source of renewable delights and discoveries, a book that will long claim our attention . . . To my knowledge, no current anthology is as full and as deftly edited."--Peter Brooks, The New York Times Book Review "One of the freshest and most exciting books of poetry to appear in a long while . . . Paul Auster has provided the best possible point of entry into this century's most influential body of poetry."--Geoffrey O'Brien, The Village Voice

30 review for The Random House Book of 20th Century French Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kitty

    side-by-side edition of 47 20th c. French poets -- 663 pages of pleasure not only for the French, but the multitude of venerable British and American poets who make their mark. I like the variety of voices which range from translations of poets from the turn of the century to the later years of the 20th century. I'm using many of the poems for a course I'm teaching on French poetry for the non-fluent French student. Having the side-by-side edition is a distinct asset, to point out the form and sou side-by-side edition of 47 20th c. French poets -- 663 pages of pleasure not only for the French, but the multitude of venerable British and American poets who make their mark. I like the variety of voices which range from translations of poets from the turn of the century to the later years of the 20th century. I'm using many of the poems for a course I'm teaching on French poetry for the non-fluent French student. Having the side-by-side edition is a distinct asset, to point out the form and sounds of the original language.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    An amazing collection of 20th century French poetry edited by the profoundly knowledgeable Paul Auster. This kind of compendium isnt something you ever finish reading, but rather a reference to be used to further investigate various movements or epics of French contemporary poetry. I came to this volume already pretty well versed in the majority of Surrealist authors, but it thankfully led me to the likes of Saint John-Pearse, Reverdy, and Ponge. For that, I hold this collection forever in high An amazing collection of 20th century French poetry edited by the profoundly knowledgeable Paul Auster. This kind of compendium isnt something you ever finish reading, but rather a reference to be used to further investigate various movements or epics of French contemporary poetry. I came to this volume already pretty well versed in the majority of Surrealist authors, but it thankfully led me to the likes of Saint John-Pearse, Reverdy, and Ponge. For that, I hold this collection forever in high esteem.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This book is my plastic jesus.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mitch

    This is a crucial book, one that I return to all the time. It's not just the sparkling selection (editor Paul Auster made just the right choices), it's the translations themselves. I was at the launch party for this book, where some of the translators read from their work in the book, and I remember being impressed and delighted. At the time, I couldn't afford the book. Later, found a hardcover at half-price somewhere (probably Strand). The Micheaux (translation by Armand Schwerner) poems stand This is a crucial book, one that I return to all the time. It's not just the sparkling selection (editor Paul Auster made just the right choices), it's the translations themselves. I was at the launch party for this book, where some of the translators read from their work in the book, and I remember being impressed and delighted. At the time, I couldn't afford the book. Later, found a hardcover at half-price somewhere (probably Strand). The Micheaux (translation by Armand Schwerner) poems stand out, as well as Cendrars (Padgett).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tosh

    Excellent survey of French poets and their poems in one nice edition. I especially like it for the Surrealists - Breton, Soupault, etc. Paul Auster did a great editing job on this particular book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Harrington

    One of my main sources for titles of my pieces!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell McInnis

    Auster is primarily known for his novels, though he is a very accomplished critic and curator of poetry. This bilingual collection is a wonderful testament to the same. Highlights include translations by Charles Simic among others.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    "Et comme l'Êsperance est violente." "Et comme l'Êsperance est violente."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Ozias

    A great collection of poetry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    The only good thing Paul Auster has ever done.

  11. 4 out of 5

    jessa

    One of my favorite re-reads.

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    Urvashi

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Costello

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    Sunny

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    Joanna

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    Orawan Cassidy

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    Steph

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    Samuel Gee

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    Steve Reinke

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    Jlawrence

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