Poems of Francois Villon: The Legacy, The Testament and Other Poems

Poems of Francois Villon: The Legacy, The Testament and Other Poems

Paperback Language: English / French

By (author) Francois Villon, Translated by Peter Dale

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  • Publisher: ANVIL PRESS POETRY
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Language: English / French
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 215mm x 20mm | 349g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 085646323X
  • ISBN 13: 9780856463235
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 544,445

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Francois Villon was born in Paris in 1431. His life was blighted by destitution and ill health, robbery and murder, torture and exile. While we do not know what became of Villon after his 32nd year, the poems he produced in just six years capture in forceful, intelligent and candid verse the low and high life of Paris. They constitute a body of work with few rivals in the literature of his own country or in that of any other. Peter Dale has revised his translations for this new edition.

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Peter Dale was born in Addleston, Surrey, and worked as a secondary school teacher before becoming a freelance writer in 1993. He was co-editor of the poetry journal 'Agenda' for many years. Well known for his translations of Dante's 'Divine Comedy' and the poems of Jules Laforgue, he is also an accomplished poet in his own right. His selected poems, 'Edge to Edge', was published in 1997.

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'One despaired of ever finding anyone to "capture" [Villon] in English. But it's been done. Here it is. Hats off' - Lawrence Durrell'The modernity of Francois Villon as well as the permanency of his genius have found in Peter Dale their best interpreter' - Louis Bonnerot