Poetry. Edited by Henry Weinfield. Allen Mandelbaum (1926-2011), best known for his award-winning translations of Virgil's Aeneid, Dante's Divina Commedia, Homer's Odyssey, and Ovid's Metamorphoses, was also a formidable poet. This volume, handsomely designed by Barry Moser, Mandelbaum's longtime illustrator, was produced for Moser's Pennyroyal Press by the Bridgeport National Bookbindery (Agawam, Massachusetts) in 300 numbered copies. It features an original pencil portrait of the author by Moser on the frontispiece. The book brings together the finest of the poems contained in the four collections published during the poet's lifetime as well as poems published here for the first time. In the landscape of twentieth-century American poetry, Mandelbaum's voice is a unique, original, and compelling one.
The poet and scholar Allen Mandelbaum (1926-2011) was best known for his award-winning verse translations of the classics—Virgil's Aeneid, Dante's Divina Commedia, Homer's Odyssey, and Ovid's Metamorphoses—as well as of modern Italian poets (Ungaretti, Quasimodo, and Montale). He also published four major volumes of verse: Journeyman (1967), Leaves of Absence (1976), Chelmaxioms: the Maxims, Axioms, Maxioms of Chelm (1977), and The Savantasse of Montparnasse (1987). His distinguished teaching career included the chairmanship of the English Department at the City University of New York Graduate Center and the Kenan Professorship of the Humanities at Wake Forest University, North Carolina.
Henry Weinfield, the volume editor, is Emeritus Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Barry Moser, bookwright and illustrator, is the Irwin and Pauline Alper Glass Professor of Art and printer to the College at Smith College.
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