Mallarmé's For A Tomb of Anatole

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Pub Date: 12/18/2018

Pages: 224

Publisher: Manic D Press, Inc.

Imprint: Manic D Press, Inc.

ISBN 13: 9781945665134

ISBN 10: 1945665130

Price: $15.95 / $22.95 CAN

Mallarmé's For A Tomb of Anatole

By Jack Hirschman

Price: $15.95

Format:

Paperback

About the Book

Mallarmé’s second child, Anatole, born July 1871, became seriously ill when he was seven years old. He suffered from rheumatic fever complicated by an enlarged heart, and died in October 1879, aged eight. Mallarmé wrote a series of grief-stricken fragments for what was planned to be a long poem in four parts. The poem was never completed, and the fragments were not published in France until 1961, when it appeared as Pour Un Tombeau d'Anatole.

Poet Jack Hirschman first translated this work in the 1970s, and then tragically lost his own son, David, to leukemia in 1982. In his commentary that accompanies this translation, written one month after his son's passing, Hirschman reflects on the pain of a parent who has lost a child, and his grief is palpable. According to Hirschman, "Mallarmé has written himself into contemporary 20th century voice with this book, and in such a way to give comfort and meaning to all those who experience the dark passage of grief at the loss of one close to the heart." Hirschman wrote out the translation by hand, reflecting Mallarmé's placement of words on the page, and his handwritten work is what appears in this book, adding to its personal nature.

About the Book

A handwritten classic poem in translation that gives comfort and meaning to all those who experience the dark passage of grief at the loss of one close to the heart

Author

Jack Hirschman (b. December 13, 1933, in New York, NY) is a poet and social activist who has written more than 50 volumes of poetry. Dismissed from teaching at UCLA for anti-war activities in 1966, he moved to San Francisco in 1973, and is the city's present poet laureate. Hirschman translates nine languages and edited the Artuad Anthology.