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- Publisher: North Point Press
- Format: Paperback | 280 pages
- Language: English / German
- Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 320g
- Publication date: 1 June 1994
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 086547477X
- ISBN 13: 9780865474772
- Edition: Revised
- Edition statement: Revised
- Sales rank: 389,575
Now substantially revised by Edward Snow, whom Denise Levertov once called "far and away Rilke's best translator," this bilingual edition of "The Book of Images" contains a number of the great poet's previously untranslated pieces. Also included are several of Rilke's best-loved lyrics, such as "Autumn," "Childhood," "Lament," "Evening," and "Entrance."
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Edward Snow has received the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award and the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation for his many renderings of Rilke. The author of "A Study of Vermeer "and" Inside Breughel, " he teaches at Rice University.
"Snow, who so insightfully translated the two volumes of Rilke's "New Poems," has now turned to "The Book of Images," one of the poet's most startling and diverse masterworks. Snow has rendered with great skill and accuracy a work both familiar and unknown, more complicated and more immediate than many have suspected, at once grave, mysterious, and beautiful."--Edward Hirsch "How much setting straight Snow's new translation of "The Book of Images" accomplishes! With these sorrowing and luminous poems to lead up to Snow's two volumes of the "New Poems," it is possible to gain, for the first time in English, a consistent perspective of Rilke's difficult canon, here restored and disclosed to stunning effect."--Richard Howard
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Now substantially revised by translator Edward Snow, this bilingual edition of The Book of Images contains a number of Rilke's previously untranslated poems, as well as many of his best -loved lyrics.