Tuesday, 7 August 2007
A New Valéry Translation by Peter Dale
Peter Dale, one of Britain's foremost poet translators, and author of a Rack Press collection of epigrams, Eight by Five (2007), launches this month from Anvil Press his bilingual edition of Charms and other pieces by the French poet Paul Valéry. This is a collection of the work of one of the most important twentieth century French poets and has been in preparation for thirty years. As Anvil puts it of Dale's work: "As ever, he takes the hardest - and, for the reader, most rewarding - route in making versions with corresponding rhyme and metre. The result is a fresh view of an intriguing poet, somewhat neglected but now revived in English."
Peter Dale is the author of notable translations of Dante's Divine Comedy and selections from Tristan Corbière, Jules Laforgue and François Villon.
Charms is available from Anvil Press Poetry, Neptune House, 70 Royal Hill, London SE10 8RF at £11.95 post free.
Eight by Five is available from Rack Press Poetry, The Rack, Kinnerton, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2PF at £4 post free.