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This new bilingual selection brings together some two hundred poems - the largest collection of Borges's poetry ever assembled in English, including scores of poems never previously translated. Edited by Alexander Coleman, the selection draws from a lifetime's work - from Borges's first published volume of verse, Fervor de Buenos Aires (1923), to his final work, Los conjurados, published just a year before his death in 1986. Throughout this unique collection the brilliance of the Spanish originals is matched by ...
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This new bilingual selection brings together some two hundred poems - the largest collection of Borges's poetry ever assembled in English, including scores of poems never previously translated. Edited by Alexander Coleman, the selection draws from a lifetime's work - from Borges's first published volume of verse, Fervor de Buenos Aires (1923), to his final work, Los conjurados, published just a year before his death in 1986. Throughout this unique collection the brilliance of the Spanish originals is matched by luminous English versions rendered by a remarkable cast of translators.
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Marc Berley
...[R]epresents about half of his verse production, and gives us, on facing pages, the Spanish originals and English translations....In general, Borges' poetry is most powerful when it is about personal matters...
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Marc Berley
...[R]epresents about half of his verse production, and gives us, on facing pages, the Spanish originals and English translations....In general, Borges' poetry is most powerful when it is about personal matters...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780670849413
  • Publisher: Viking Adult
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 477
  • Product dimensions: 6.64 (w) x 9.58 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Jorge Luis Borges
Jorge Luis Borges
This legendary Argentine poet, essayist, and short-story writer's works have become classics of 20th-century world literature, leaving a legacy that serves as an enduring testament to the politics and passions of Jorge Luis Borges.

Biography

Jorge Luis Borges was born in Buenos Aires in 1899 and was educated in Europe. One of the most widely acclaimed writers of the 20th century, he published many collections of poems, essays, and short stories before his death in Geneva in June 1986.

In 1961, Borges shared the International Publishers' prize with Samuel Beckett. In 1971, Columbia University awarded him the first of many degrees of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, that he was to receive from the English-speaking world -- eventually, the list included both Oxford and Cambridge universities. In 1971 he also received the fifth biennial Jerusalem Prize and in 1973 was given one of Mexico's most prestigious cultural awards, the Alfonso Reyes Prize. In 1980 he shared with Gerardo Diego the Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary accolade.

Borges was director of the Argentine National Library from 1955 until 1973.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA)

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Borges began writing at the age of six, mostly fantasy stories inspired by Cervantes. When he was nine, he translated Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince into Spanish, and the piece was published in El País, a local newspaper.

To the outrage of his followers, Borges never did receive the Nobel prize. "Not granting me the Nobel Prize has become a Scandinavian tradition," Borges once quipped. "Since I was born they have not been granting it to me."

Several of Borges's short stories have been adapted for the movies, most recently Death and the Compass (1996), directed by Alex Cox (Repo Man).

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    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1899
    2. Place of Birth:
      Buenos Aires, Argentina
    1. Date of Death:
      June 14, 1986
    2. Place of Death:
      Geneva, Switzerland
    1. Education:
      B.A., Collège Calvin de Genève, 1914

Table of Contents

Introduction
Notes on the Text
Further Reading
Acknowledgements
Alfarabi 1
The New-born Star 3
St. Dunstan 4
Thoughts 5
To Night 5
Another 6
A Clock Striking Midnight 6
Lines (Written in ...'Prometheus Unbound') 8
Lines (Written at Geneva; July 16 [1824]) 8
Sonnet (To Tartar, a Terrier beauty) 10
To B. W. Procter, Esq., May 1825 11
Another Letter to the Same, March 1826 13
Resurrection Song 17
From the German of Raupach 17
The Ghosts' Moonshine 18
Song from the German of Walther von der Vogelweide 19
Written in an Album at Clifton 20
Epilogue to Ernest's Story 23
Song of the Stygian Naiades 23
Silenus in Proteus 25
Lord Alcohol 25
Thanatos to Kenelm and the Song by Thanatos 26
Doomsday 28
Dream-Pedlary 30
The Phantom-Wooer 32
Lines Written in Switzerland 33
On Himself 35
from The Brides' Tragedy, 1822 36
from The Last Man and Other Projected Plays, 1823-5 53
from Love's Arrow Poisoned, 1823-5 62
from Torrismond: An Unfinished Drama, 1824 67
from The Second Brother: A Tragedy, 1824-5 69
from Death's Jest-Book, 1825-48 72
fragments of Death's Jest-Book 111
Beddoes's Last Letter 112
Notes 113
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