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Love Poems by Pedro Salinas: My Voice Because of You and Letter Poems to Katherine

Love Poems by Pedro Salinas: My Voice Because of You and Letter Poems to Katherine

Hardback Language: English / Spanish

By (author) Pedro Salinas, Translated by Willis Barnstone, Foreword by Jorge Guillen, Afterword by Enric Bou

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  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Language: English / Spanish
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 24mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago, IL
  • ISBN 10: 0226734269
  • ISBN 13: 9780226734262
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Illustrations note: 3 halftones, 1 line drawing
  • Sales rank: 824,550

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When Pedro Salinas' 1933 collection of love poems, "La voz a ti debida", was introduced to American audiences in Willis Barnstone's 1975 English translation, it was widely regarded as the greatest sequence of love poems written in any language in the twentieth century. Now, seventy-five years after its original publication, the reputation of the poems and its multifaceted writer remains untarnished. A portrait of their era, the poems, from a writer in exile from his native civil war - torn Spain, reemerge in our time. In this new facing-page bilingual edition, Barnstone has added thirty-six poems written in the form of letters from Salinas to his great love, Katherine Whitmore. Discovered years later, these poems were written during and after the composition of La voz and, though disguised as prose, have all the rhythms and sounds of lineated lyric poetry. Taken together, the poems and letters are a history, a dramatic monologue, and a crushing and inevitable ending to the story of a man consumed by his love and his art. Bolstered by an elegant foreword by Salinas' contemporary, the poet Jorge Guillen, and a masterly afterword by Salinas scholar Enric Bou that considers the poet and his legacy for twenty-first-century world poetry, "Love Poems by Pedro Salinas" will be cause for celebration throughout the world of verse and beyond.

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Pedro Salinas (1891-1951) was a poet, scholar, and literary critic who taught extensively in Europe and the United States. He is the author of nine books of poems, as well as a novel, short stories, plays, essays, and criticism. Willis Barnstone is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Portuguese Emeritus at Indiana University. He is the author, translator, or editor of more than fifty publications.

Review quote

"La voz a ti debida is the greatest Spanish love poem of the twentieth century, and Willis Barnstone, one of our greatest living translators, loses none of the beauty, purity, and light of the Spanish original in his outstanding translation. Excellent." - Sergio Waisman, George Washington University.