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Riassunto: The memoirs and essays collected in The Third Kind of Knowledge encompass the many lives of a remarkable man. Poet, translator, critic, journalist, memoirist, scholar - the late Robert Fitzgerald (1910-1985) had an unusual range of gifts and lived a strikingly varied life in the literary and academic world. While growing up, his scholarly promise earned the attention of his mentor in classical studies, Dudley Fitts, and his poetic gifts the admiration first of Vachel Lindsay and later of T. S. Eliot (who took some of his college poems for publication in the Criterion). A reporter for the New York Herald Tribune in the thirties, Fitzgerald also spent time before and after the Second World War as a part of Henry Luce's literary stable at Time, where he forged his close friendship with James Agee and edited the Books Department for the magazine. His friendship with Agee, and also with Flannery O'Connor (whose literary executor he became) as well as with other literary figures such as John Berryman, Allen Tate, and Caroline Gordon flourished during this period. In the early fifties he moved with his family to Italy, where he worked for six years on his celebrated translation of the Odyssey. His other classical translations - the Iliad, the Aeneid, and his translations of Euripides and Sophocles, several done in collaboration with Dudley Fitts - have become the signal translations of our time. A renowned teacher as well as poet and scholar, Fitzgerald taught, over the years, at such institutions as Sarah Lawrence, Princeton, The New School, Mount Holyoke, and The University of Washington. His career culminated at Harvard where, in 1965, he was named Boylston Professor of Rhetoric andOratory. For fifteen years his course in Versification influenced a generation of young poets, and his seminar in Homer, Virgil, and Dante a generation of young scholars. The Third Kind of Knowledge displays the unusual breadth of Fitzgerald's achievement and includes personal memoirs, reminiscences of literary friends, literary criticism of classical literature, and an interview on the art of translation. This volume has been prepared by his widow, Penelope Laurans Fitzgerald, following a plan begun by the author before his death. With photographs.
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Translator, poet and essayist Fitzgerald (1910-1985) is known chiefly for his excellent translations of Homer's Odyssey (1961) and Iliad (1974) and Virgil's Aeneid (1984). In this collection, edited with an introduction by his widow, Fitzgerald communicates the high degree of intellect, intuition and respect a gifted writer and translator brings to his work. The eclectic collection includes literary essays and an interview on the art of translating and writing poetry, as well as Fitzgerald's recollections of his childhood and his early career as a reporter. His reminiscences of fellow writers, such as James Agee, Flannery O'Connor and Vachel Lindsay, are perceptive and touching. Of interest to devotees and scholars. Photos not seen by PW.
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Descrizione libro New Directions Publishing, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0811217744
Descrizione libro New Directions Publishing, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0811217744
Descrizione libro New Directions Publishing, 1993. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 811217744